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Tresillian Village News 2021
February – Tresillian’s Wheel Inn Reopening UPDATE!
Photo: © Keith Littlejohns.
Sadly, Tresillian’s last remaining public house/restaurant, The Wheel Inn will not be reopening as has been expected. It has been reported that failure of the eagerly anticipated reopening is due to acrimonious disagreements and recent comments posted online by prospective new tenants. Tregothnan Estate Director, Darran Goldby has stated that estate agency, Miller Commercial has been appointed to place the business back on the market. The premises as listed on the Miller Commercial website is available by way of a new full repairing and insuring lease at a commencing rental of £20,000 per annum with all other terms to be agreed, subject to an ingoing premium of £10,000 for the Fixtures & Fittings.
February – Tresillian’s Wheel Inn To Reopen in Spring
Photo: © Keith Littlejohns.
Tregothnan Estate general manager, Darren Goldby has announced that the intention is, and always was subject to government COVID-19 restrictions to reopen the grade II listed Inn. Discussions are already taking place and it is hoped it will be able to open its door again in the spring.
There is in item about the Wheel Inn’s connection with the English civil war in the History section of this website, midway down the History page.
February – Tresillian Business Receives Substantial Business Investment
Local Tresillian business, Grinding Solutions has received a £20,000 plus investment from BIG Productivity to help fund the purchase of new equipment. The company runs a lab testing facility at Tresillian Business Park analysing mineral samples for feasibility. They also advise on environmental requirements and energy efficiency. Their client base spans the world and they are also currently working closely with Cornish Lithium.
February – Tresillian Village Improvement Group News
The Tresillian Village Improvement Group (TVIG), will be participating in Britain in Bloom South West 2021. Our village currently holds a Silver Pennant Award, and it is hoped we can better that this year. Volunteers are already working on various projects to further enhance the appearance of the village.
However, due to the global pandemic finding sufficient funding has been difficult including one of the group’s major sources of funds the Wheel Inn Pub Quizzes that have not been available for some time due to lockdowns. Thankfully, the St Clement Parish Council continues to support the group, but more funds are needed to make up the shortfall. If anyone wishes to make a donation towards the group’s work, a modest amount such as £10 [little more than two pints of beer] would be helpful, could they please contact Helen Nicholson on 01872 520295.
Volunteers are always welcome to join the group. No pressure! If you are able to lend a hand with a little of your time where you can it would be much appreciated. Social distancing at the moment of course.
Tresillian Wildlife Articles (Steady on! Not that kind of wild life) – Various Contributors – Check out latest items added by following the Wildlife & Natural History Page link below
Wildlife articles can be accessed by visiting the Wildlife & Natural History Page and selecting the relevant year link at the bottom of the page. The Tresillian website welcomes any stories or photos of your wildlife/Natural History observations in Tresillian and its close environs. Hedgehog, bird or any other wild animal sighting or naturalised flowers or plants of interest that catch your attention. We would love to hear from you. Just get in contact via our Contact page and we will be back in touch with you about your story/photos.
Tresillian Photographic Archive Project – Keith Littlejohns
I am proposing setting up an organised collection of photographic images for our village that, hopefully, will remain as a permanent unified digital archive of life in Tresillian through the decades for future generations to have available.
Building this archive relies heavily on source material being forthcoming. To that end I am asking residents of Tresillian (or known past residents that have moved away but may have some suitable images) to make contact with me regarding the loan of images so that I can make professional scans and return the original prints or negatives to the owner.
This could turn out to be a quite substantial task and as a result I am expecting the building of the archive to be split into phases. For the initial phase I will be concentrating solely on gathering together a collection of older images from very early days up to and including 1979.
If you think you may have some suitable photographs I can be contacted via the village website by emailing me using this website’s Contact page. There is no need to go into great detail at first as I will make contact to talk about any images you consider may be of interest. I’m really only looking to archive images that have recorded village life and how it has evolved through time. Eventually, as time allows, I will add more modern images from 1980 onwards to take the story forward.
If possible, it would be very useful if you have information such as dates (roughly will do), names of people or locations or any other details you think may be of interest. If you don’t yet use email, please do ask a friend or neighbour to make contact on your behalf as old images are of particular interest for this first phase.
Cllr Keith Littlejohns
Tresillian’s Missing Milestone – An Ongoing Story
As a person fascinated by local history I could not resist picking up from Chris Clarke’s excellent article published in the spring 2017 edition of TRAM Magazine regarding Tresillian’s missing milestone. His article stimulated me into taking up the challenge of conducting further research myself.
Using additional information kindly supplied to me by village resident Lewis Mitchell, which he found on an old 1960 edition Ordnance Survey map, a distinct reference point has now been established. The Tresillian milestone’s position is marked on the OS map by the usual very small black dot accompanied by the letters MS, albeit slightly masked by a black circular graphic. Using my own copy of the same map, OS SW 84 Truro 1:25,000, I was also able to confirm the exact location.
By cross referencing this data with Cornwall Council’s excellent online Interactive Map website I was able to double check the exact position where the milestone once stood, or at least close enough given the disruption created by the 1960s A390 road widening/levelling scheme and adjacent change of land-use. Both the 1960 OS map and CC’s Interactive Map show the location as being on the south side of the A390 where the current Audi dealership is situated.
Thanks to information also gleaned from the CC Interactive Map a detailed Cornwall & Scilly Historic Environment Record (HER) reference reads as follows:
TRESILLIAN – Post Medieval milestone
The site of a milestone on the SE side of the A39 in Tresillian – BODMIN 21¼ TRURO 3.
SW 8635 4604
St Clement, Carrick, Cornwall
Protected Status: None recorded
Other Statuses/Codes: none recorded
Milestone (Post Medieval – 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
A milestone is recored on the SE side of the A39 in Tresillian, on both the 1st Edition 1:2500 OS map, annotated TRURO 3 BODMIN 20, and on the 2nd Edition 1:2500 OS map c1907 annotated BODMIN 21¼ TRURO 3. The milestone is not recorded on the modern OS Mastermap 2010, suggesting it has been lost, possibly due to road alignment alterations in the C20.
Associated Finds: none recorded
Associated Events: none recorded
Related records: none recorded
So, a milestone clearly did exist inside the village at a point along its main highway outside the current Audi dealership. Interestingly, the CC Interactive map has the A390 labeled as A39 at that point (note, must make CC aware of the error).
Photo: © Keith Littlejohns
I have recently placed a request with our local parish council asking if, in the light of information now currently available, the possibility of the missing milestone being reinstated could be raised at a parish council meeting and that it could be pursued using the offices of the parish council.
Let’s hope that Tresillian’s missing milestone can either be found languishing in a council yard somewhere and reinstated, or that a replica can be produced using information recorded by C&S’s HER database so that our village’s milestone is no longer the only one missing in the chain of 12 historical milestones that run from Truro to Braddon.
If anyone has any more information or knowledge they think would be helpful or interesting regarding the missing milestone then please do contact me using the contact form on this site and I will publish it online as part of this continuing fascinating story. If you wish to receive emailed alerts as soon newsworthy items about village life are published online you can subscribe to the website for free using the box provided at the bottom right of most pages on the site.
Incidentally, most milestones you’ll see date from the 1700s or later, when new Turnpike roads were legally required to have milestone markers. It meant passengers and goods carried on the stagecoaches could be charged standardised rates for the distance they travelled. You’ll also see plenty of milestones along canals, also used to calculate how much people would be charged for moving their goods by barge.
Further news about the missing milestone will be added as soon as it becomes available.
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