Milestones, Boundary Markers, Historical Artifacts, Street Furniture, lost roads and buildings.

There are many traces of our ancestors scattered around our landscape. Mile Markers and Boundary stones are there too. The Milestone Society believes that there are approximately 9000 left in the United Kingdom. Some are cherished but others are hidden in hedgerows, some have been unwittingly destroyed by crashes, road equipment or even stolen. Roads have been straightened to make them safer. There are old gateposts still left in place, old buildings, and place names that declare an evocative past. The aim is to capture some of this information at least photographically before it disappears.

Although the Fylde Coast does not have ancient history, the Romans apparently struggled to Kirkham. There have been huge changes in the last two centuries from literally a a few fishermans' and agricultural dwellings, to a full blown tourist and light engineering industry.

More historical information can be found here about the Fylde coast.

It also seems that time has marched on and left what appears to be some very respectable buildings... which just should be used, but seem to have no worth.

Links from this Blog

Nearly-Midnight The genealogy website relating to the family. A tangled web of people all related to one another, explore!
Memorials Website dedicated to War Memorials - The majority in the North of England. Visits to churches, but also memorials in out of the way places.
Robert Clark The Father of Henry Martyn-Clark - A missionary out in the North-West Frontier of India. One of the first Europeans to set foot in Afganistan
Affetside Census
A small village north of Bury, Lancashire, I can trace many of my immediate ancesters from there. On the Roman Road, Watling Street
Andrew Martyn-Clark My Father and his part in my World. Also my mother and his parents too.
Henry Martyn-Clark My Great Grandfather, his roots and his achievements. Discusses malaria but also his confrontations with Islam.

Monday, 24 October 2011

St Peter's Church, Mithian

There is a church visible the skyline on the A30 as you head towards Redruth. As you approach the Chiverton Cross roundabout it is to your right. Most traffic heads towards Redruth and Lands end, but a sharp right and some dodging and weaving brings you to St Peter's Mithian. Mithian is actually 2 miles away.

This regrettably has become an artifact and not a memorial. It would be wonderful to see it take shape againand retain some of the features - notably the windows. They will be unique, hand crafted and will never be seen again. They will have been donated in perpetuity with trust - Descendents to see and understand. 

This is the excerpt from Wikipedia:
Mithian ecclesiastical parish was created in 1846 from parts of St Agnes, Kea, Perranzabuloe and Kenwyn parishes; previously the village had been enumerated as part of St Agnes and Kenwyn parishes. When created, Mithian parish included the village of Blackwater and so the parish church is over two miles from Mithian. The church, built in 1861, was dedicated to St Peter and rather remotely located north of Chiverton Cross at OS grid reference SW746471. The architect was William White. The original spire and tower became unsafe and were taken down in 1898; a replacement tower with no spire was built in 1928.
The church faced closure in 2008 and a planning application was lodged with Cornwall Council to convert the building to residential use. In a local report the Reverend Alan Bashforth said: "The last service took place on Christmas Eve 2006 and although a small but loyal group tried to keep it going, building work costs in the region of £800,000 meant that was not possible. It was not an easy choice to close the church"

These are the pictures I took at the Church:

The rebuilt tower

These gates were given
in loving memory of
Mary Gwendoline Parris
5th April 1984

Entrance to the church

South door, possible to see the railings

South door clearly showing the protective fence

Tower

This is a large and expansive graveyard,
some graves are still being tended.
Many are quite recent

The East window, still in good condition

The East window again

From the North the church looks quite dismal

Graves stretch all the way to the bottom of the land.
There is a path which runs through the graveyard
to the houses and the roundabout

The North Tower
Several of these photos have been uploaded to Wikipedia and can be found here.