Camborne and Around
The Manor of Tehidy was owned by the Basset family as Lords of the Manor from Norman times until 1916 and they remain a legend with their name on streets, public houses and Camborne's town clock. Their fortune grew through mining, land ownership and marriages with rich local families. When the young Nicholas Holman and Richard Trevithick became friends they could never have imagined the impact they would have on engineering, society and the town of Camborne. Nicholas Holman helped Richard Trevithick with his 'Roaring Puffing Devil' locomotive, which made the famous run up Camborne Hill on Christmas Eve 1801 - an event regarded as the birth of mechanised transportation. Ivor Corkell and David Thomas take us on a journey through time to explain just how these famous names and many other local businesses at the time influenced the industrial town of Camborne into what it is today.