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Fowey Harbour Heritage Society

Welcome to the Fowey Harbour Heritage Society Website

Fowey harbour, which includes the communities of Fowey, Bodinnick and Polruan, has been a significant international trading port since the medieval period and is still a working port today, exporting china clay. Our aim is to encourage you to explore the area and find out more about the places and people that have contributed to its heritage.

Fowey Harbour Heritage Society

Promoting the heritage of the Fowey harbour area

The Society introduces you to the rich and varied history of Fowey harbour and what you can see today by:

  • Organising talks
  • Publishing an annual journal
  • Presenting our annual heritage awards
  • Providing heritage grants to local organisations
  • Promoting guided walks
  • Working with other societies on heritage projects

Programme of talks 2023/24

The programme of talks for 2023/24 is as follows;
All on Saturdays at 2pm.
9 Sept. The History of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Malcolm Cross. Polruan Village Hall.
14 Oct. The Passmore Edwards Legacy. Dean Evans. Fowey Town Hall.
11 Nov. Robert Lenkiewicz, Artist and Teacher. Louise Courtnell. Whitecross Village Hall.
9 Dec. Lanhydrock and the Robartes family. Paul Holden. Squires Field Community Centre (Please note change of venue from Fowey Town Hall.)
13 Jan. Harvey's Forgotten Shipyard. Daisy Culmer. Fowey Town Hall.
10 Feb. The Rashleigh family, Charles and the creation of Charles' Town. Andy Trudgian. FTH.
9 March. The RNLI, 200 Years of saving Lives at Sea. Helen Doe. Delivered via Zoom.
13 April. Captain Lars Berg and the Timber Trade between Norway and Cornwall. Julie Tomlinson. Fowey Town Hall.


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The RNLI: 200 years of Saving Lives at Sea.

The RNLI: 200 years of Saving Lives at Sea.

A Zoom talk by Helen Doe

9 March 2024 2pm. Delivered by Zoom

Cost: £3 per screen for FHHS members, £6 for non members.

Contact: via Ticket Tailor

The RNLI: 200 Years of Saving Lives at Sea

This charity began with a meeting in a London Tavern in March 1824. Since then its volunteer crews have saved countless lives around the coasts of Britain and Ireland and it is part of the fabric of every coastal community. Helen will give an insight into some of the incidents and the challenges faced by this vital service.
Helen is a well known maritime historian with a large number of publications to her name. She has been commissioned by the RNLI to write its bi centennial history, due for publication in March 2024.

Do you have memories, information or pictures to share?

We would like to encourage you to contribute any material you may have about the history of Fowey Harbour. We would love to hear from you - to get in touch please click here .

We are pleased to be members of The Cornwall Association of Local Historians (CALH).

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