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ISBN: 9780857101129
AUTHOR: D G Wilson
The River Fal - From Source to Sea
The River Fal - From Source to Sea
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The Fal is known as a famous estuary on the south coast of Cornwall, busy with shipping for hundreds of years. The river itself is perhaps less well known, but nevertheless its rural course is full of great historical interest.

The objective of this book is to bring that history to the eyes of all those who love the Cornish countryside.

The river is described from its source above the wild beauty of Goss Moor, down to where it meets the main estuary. The unique underlying geology has resulted in a fascinating varied terrain.

The granite uplands were the source of tin and other metals from the Bronze Age almost to the present day. The same area has been exploited for its vast deposits of china clay, for the production of ceramics and paper making. Water from the Fal and its tributaries played a vital part in these industries.

Further down the valley the river flows through a landscape farmed for thousands of years, resulting in a picturesque pattern of fields on the valley sides and rich meadows on the flood plain. Within the landscape human settlements vary from Iron Age hill forts to villages dating from medieval times.

Water-mills along the course of the river were vital for corn milling and industrial purposes. Using fieldwork and early documents the author has researched the histories of these, and of the villages of Grampound, Ruan Lanihorne and Tregony, discussing the work of earlier writers.

A range of expertly selected illustrations complement the informative text and feature aspects of the valley’s superb natural environment in this authoritative volume.

David Wilson has had many years of experience in amateur archaeology, local history studies and sailing traditional craft. He has previously published books on the history of the River Thames, including The Thames, Record of a Working Waterway and The Victorian Thames.

Following a career as a Thames lock keeper he retired to Cornwall in 1997 and has since produced the booklet The Mills of a Cornish Valley and the books Falmouth Haven and Maritime History of Falmouth. He has got to know his subject intimately, while sailing on the estuary, exploring the Fal Valley, and studying the history of the river through topographical and documentary sources.

Imprint: PiXZ. ISBN 978 0 85710 112 9, hardback, 210x148mm, 112 pages. Published September 2017.

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