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We drove to St Erth along very pretty, and narrow, lanes

On Tuesday 30 April we visited the St Erth Methodist Church. On Tuesday mornings the chapel is open for free teas for visitors. We met some local residents and we were shown around the chapel.

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We admired the window dedicated to John Gilbart. Peter and Charlotte were invited to play the organ.

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There were plaques mentioning members of the family. We were interested to see a connection between James Oddie, one of the founding fathers of Ballarat, and Francis Tuckfield, who married Sarah Gilbart, Greg’s 4th great aunt.

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Members of the congregation also generously took us to a house on Battery Mill Lane nearby built by Greg’s 4th great grandfather, John Gilbart (1760 – 1837). We also walked around the Anglican churchyard where John and his wife Elizabeth are buried.

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In the afternoon we had lunch at Penzance then drove to Land’s End and the Lizard. We intended to visit Helston too but got delayed by a traffic accident and ran out of time.

 

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