Love at Rose in Vale

Whilst demolishing a house in Penzance a few years ago some workmen came across a bundle of letters in a cob wall. These were written by a young lady living at Rose-in-Vale and were sent to her fiancée who lived in Penzance. They are dated 1881. The sending address in each case is Rose-in-Vale St. Agnes, Mithian, Scorrier.

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Rose in Vale,
St. Agnes,
October 26th 1881

My dearest Herbert,

I've just had your letter. Thank you for it my dear. I think Friday will be fine as the barometer is going up. I do hope it will for our first promenade round the garden together - you don 't know what pleasure it will be to me, once more to be, walking not hobbling with you again. I shall try to think of the last seven months as only a dream to be forgotten, that is to say, all the pain and trouble, not your care of me, my own, which will never be forgotten. Louisa came down yesterday to induce some of the girls to go to a Missionary Meeting to be held on Friday but they proved "deaf to the voice of the charmer". I have so many pretty things to show you, when you come up, presents most of them.

Yesterday I went into the farm yard and saw the pigs, one of whom is to depart this life next week, having reached such a degree of fat life must be a burden to him. On Monday someone from Scotland came and stopped from 2 o'clock to six, a Mr Sholys (?), I'll tell you all about him, when you come on Friday. I'm going to buy two more pigs. I cannot write more just now darling as I want to take advantage of the noonday sun to get a little fresh air.

Give my love to all at home, especially Harry, whom I hope (or rather we all do) to see soon, and wish very much to yourself my own darling Herby,

I am as ever dearie

Your own Lottie


The happy couple were eventually married and their wedding is entered in the Parish Register. It was reported in the Royal Cornwall Gazette that a grand wedding took place at Mithian Church on the 10th January 1882 between Miss Charlotte Frewin Lord of Rosinvale and Mr. John Herbert White of Penzance. The bride's father was Charles Frewin Lord (deceased) and her uncle was the Rev. Alfred Lord (deceased) who founded and built St. Peter's Church. The groom, an organist and composer, was the son of Richard White, Professor of Music.Mr. Cooper Furniss of Truro made the wedding cake and Messrs. Henry Andrews and Co. of Truro supplied the dresses for the bride and bridesmaids.

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