Nostalgic memories of Ruan Minor's local history

Share your own memories of Ruan Minor and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history and people?

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I was born in Ruan Minor in 1939 and my father was the village 'Smithy'. The blacksmith shop was my playground while my mother and siblings worked the farm. I was given a box of horseshoe nails and a hammer and spent hours making 'patterns' in the dirt floor. I would make my 'Naily' patterns, On a (...Read full memory)

I was evacuated to Cadwith along with my three brothers. Two stayed in the farm near the Devil's Frying Pan and the other two with Mr and Mrs Broad in a house near the top of the village. We went to school in Ruan Minor which was a walk across the fields from Cadgwith. I have returned many times, once to make a film (...Read full memory)

This memory is a bit vague as it relates to my aunt who was evacuated from Tottenham, North London to The Lizard in 1940. Sadly she died a few years ago and I have been trying for a while now to find out exactly where she stayed and which school she went to. All I have to go on was she could walk to the beach and swim and (...Read full memory)

Back in the mid 1960s my late husband and I with our son David and later our daughter Catherine spent several happy holidays with Miss Gilbert. Her brother ran the farm and she kept house for him at that time. She fed us wonderfully well on local produce and milk fresh from their herd of South Devon cows. (...Read full memory)

My sixth and last billet as an evacuee during World War II, was at Bodrigy, Cadgwith. Bodrigy was being run almost like a boarding school with about 20 children there, and a matron to oversee us. We all went to school in Ruan Minor, and we would walk across the fields to school. I loved living in that area and did (...Read full memory)