The beautiful Victorian churchyard setting at St Euny has a timeless atmosphere, very fitting for this wonderful chronicler of Cornwall's past.  The slate headstone has unfortunately fallen over, though we are campaigning to have it restored.  We would recommend leaving either a Rosemary plant, long associated with remembrance, in this green and tranquil oasis, or a Cornwall-themed stone, to celebrate the life of this prolific historian.  Alternatively, we can leave a bunch of flowers grown in Cornwall (when available) or white roses, the colour of the cross on St Piran's flag.  If you prefer, we can clean the headstone and make a donation to the CPR Foodbank that helps people in need in Camborne, Pool & Redruth. 

A K Hamilton-Jenkin


20th August 1980 - St Euny Churchyard, Redruth

Born at Trewirgie House at the edge of Redruth in 1900, just a short walk from the St Euny churchyard where he is buried, Alfred Hamilton-Jenkin's life nevertheless encompassed much more than this small area.  After his studies in literature at University College, Oxford, he was a prolific author and historical recorder of a Cornwall that was changing as more modern technology came in to the tin and copper mining operations that dominated the economy and landscape.  

It is largely thanks to his meticuous interest in, and recording of, living conditions and working practices in the early 20th Century that we know so much about the way people lived and worked: A Cornish Miner, published in 1927, is a classic text.  He published extensively throughout hs life, including the 16-volume 'Mines and Miners of