Delabole is a fascinating village which
has grown up around a slate quarry that
has been worked since the thirteenth
century. Yet, until 2007 no history of the
quarry and the village had ever been
written. This book, based on a Ph.D.
thesis, remedies that omission.
The quarry at Delabole and the village that has grown up
around it preserve a rich legacy in the context of Cornwall’s
This book explores many of the aspects which go to make
up that history – the working environment in the quarry, the
lives of the men (and women) who laboured there over
many centuries and the development of the settlement
around its industrial heartland. The book also examines
the way in which the village community has been moulded
by the landscape in which it is set, religion (particularly
Methodism), links with Wales and emigration.
“ The author seems to have left no stone unturned in her
exhaustive search of the history of Delabole, its quarry and
anecdotes about it, all carefully referenced…Thoroughly
recommended.” St Teath village website.
The Holyer an Gof Trophy and Awards, 2008:
Awards are organised annually by Gorsedh Kernow for publications about Cornwall. The overall award - The Holyer an Gof Trophy - is given to
the best book on Cornwall published in the previous year. In 2008, the number of books entered was 78 and the Holyer an Gof Trophy, the main
award, was presented by the Grand Bard to Catherine Lorigan for her book on Delabole.
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