August Snapshot in 5: Cornwall
This August ‘Snapshot in 5 post’ features the work of the WLA in Cornwall.
1. Land Girls planting potatoes in Ludgvan, Penwith.
Source: Kresen Kernow Cornwall Archives
2. Betty Clark drives a tractor at the Wings for Victory parade in Truro.
Source: The Women’s Land Army in Cornwall, p.51.
3. Stella Hallums writes on her vegetable gardening days at Lelant, for the Cornwall WLA monthly newsletter in October 1942.
4. Mickie sings one of her favourite songs sang by Land Girls ‘how you gunna keep us down on the farm’. She also remembers driving in the Cornish countryside.
Source: The Land Girl, December 1942.
5. Cornish Land Girl R. Robinson swaps plough for pen, as she writes her own version of ‘It’s Foolish but it’s Fun‘, for readers of The Land Girl magazine.
Source: The Land Girl December 1941, p.7.
Further information on the WLA in Cornwall
Land Girls employed in Cornwall from April 1940 to 1947, calculated from the returns published in The Land Girl magazine.
In April 1940, Cornwall employed 55 Land Girls. By October 1943, 1493 Land Girls worked in the county.
Chairman: Mrs C Williams, Caerhays Castle, Gorran
Secretary: Mrs Clifford-Smith, WLA Office, 2 Farley Terrace, Truro
Joan Mant, All Muck No Medals: Landgirls by Landgirls (Leicester: Book Guild Publishing Ltd, 1994)
Ellen Mist, Aw-Arrh!: Experiences in the Women’s Land Army (Penzance: United Writers Publications Ltd, 1992)
Sonia Kurta, Charismatic Cows and Beefcake Bulls (Ipswich: Old Pond Publishing Ltd, 2007)
Melissa Hardie, Diana Ayres, and Angie Butler, eds., Digging for Memories: The Women’s Land Army in Cornwall (Penzance, Cornwall: Hypatia Publications, 2006).
List of hostels
Gulval: Kenegie, Kenneggy
Hayle: Penmare Hostel
Lamorna: Trevelloe House
Ludgvan: Cullarian (Tregarthen Farm)
Penzance: Poltair, Ponsandane
Sennen: Sea View
St Anthony: Place House Holiday Camp
St Colum Major: The Old Rectory
St Hilary: Vicarage
Truro: Truro Vean Holiday Camp
Stoke Climsland: Training Centre
Melissa Hardie, Diana Ayres, and Angie Butler, eds., Digging for Memories: The Women’s Land Army in Cornwall (Penzance, Cornwall: Hypatia Publications, 2006), p.21
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