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The Cloud of Death, Hawker and A Letter to the Times August 10, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
The Cloud of Death, Hawker and A Letter to the Times

A pleasing example of how something unusual can get blow up into something extraordinary. A letter to The Times 1 Dec 1858 from North Cornwall [this date appears to be slightly wrong, it must be a couple of days later] To the Editor of The Times Sir, Last night, at 15 minutes to 9, it […]

Cornish Mermaid – Half Priest, Half Fish August 27, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern

  First the good news. Robert Stephen Hawker (obit 1875) was the eccentric’s eccentric: a vicar who lived most of his life in the wild Cornish parish of Morwenstow. This was a man who hung a mouse for breaking the sabbath, believed that birds were ‘the thoughts of God’ (Beachcombing adores the sentiment) and, yes, […]