Cornwall Politics in the Age of Reform, 1790-1885 (Royal by Edwin Jaggard

By Edwin Jaggard

This unique case-study bargains a penetrating research of the altering political tradition in Cornwall as much as and after the creation of the 1832 electoral procedure. It spans a century during which the county's parliamentary over-representation and infamous political corruption was once changed by way of a politicised citizens for whom concerns and rules have been frequently paramount. a number of types of electoral behaviour are validated; specifically, the continual political activism of Cornwall's farmers sticks out. regardless of remnants of the unreformed electoral process lingering into the mid-Victorian period, Cornwall built a strong Liberal culture, equipped upon specified styles of non-conformity; the Conservatives, cut up by way of dissension, observed their pre-reform ascendancy disappear.

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30 Ibid. 47; White, A Londoner's walk, 294; Thomas H. Mills, A week's wanderings in Cornwall and Devon, London 1863, 31. Page 18 with this, finding no servility among the labourers and working men, no obvious deference, and 'a greater seeming of equality among the different classes'. Others have remarked on slightly different characteristics. Recalling the Cornwall of his childhood before 1914 A. L. ' On a larger scale there was constant feuding between towns Redruth and Camborne, Fowey and Lostwithiel.

Such riots were 'far from being a blind unreasoning protest':18 the frequency of their occurrence 1789, 1793, 1795-6, 1801-3, 1812, 1831, 1847 suggests the tinners had faith in their effectiveness, hence they were willing to pressure their social superiors who were the arbiters of law and order, rather than obsequiously accept starvation. At times during the Napoleonic Wars Cornwall's magistrates must have wondered whether hungry tinners or the French posed the greatest threat to their society.

1791, CRO, MSS Tremayne T 2343. 27 Edward Coode, Jr, to Kendall, 28 May 1852, ibid. MSS Kendall KL. Page 17 Fishermen, as well as the Cornish people in general, were also the beneficiaries of shipwrecks, because the coastline was one of the great navigational hazards of the British Isles. Disregard for the law reached its height when ships loaded with valuable cargoes came ashore. Then, the news travelled fast: within hours hordes of men and women from inland parishes would flock to the scene, eager to carry off whatever goods or materials they could drag from the surf.

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