Welcome to the website of the Pensilva History Group. The Group was formed in January 2011 with sponsorship and assistance from the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project (CHAHP) which was in turn funded by The Heritage Lottery. The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project finished in March 2014, however, a Legacy Group has been formed consisting of members of the various groups and organisations begun under the CHAHP umbrella. The aim of the Legacy Group is to continue the good work undertaken by the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project. Our History Group's aim is to study and record the history, both industrial and social, of Pensilva and the Parish of St Ive.

We hope to publish our research and findings on this website for the benefit of our Group, the general public and indeed anyone who has an interest in this fascinating part of World Heritage Cornwall. We hope the website will become interactive and would encourage any comments or information from anyone who has any historical information about our area.

We would love to hear about your house, your Cornish ancestors, your memories of the area and your stories. Please feel free to use the "Contact Us" facility - we will get back to you.

Our Group meets on the last Monday of every month in the Small Committee Room at Millenium House in Pensilva at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Throughout the year we hold various events and have talks on different aspects of the area. Details are usually published in the Parish Pump and can also be found in the Events section of this website.

Life of the miners in the Caradon Hill Mining District

From the Royal Cornwall Gazette, Falmouth Packet, Cornish Weekly News and General Advertiser of Thursday, November 23, 1871.

VAGRANTS - P.C. Lyle of the county constabulary has locked up two of these pests this week - tough, hardy, lazy chaps of 30, one a discharged soldier, the other a schoolmaster, who were begging in Ludgvan - and Major Trelawney has sent them to the treadwheel for 14 days.

Wheal Jenkin stamps remains at The Minions.
Wheal Jenkin stamps remains at The Minions.
Taken by John D Durrant on Wednesday 2nd December 2009