Thursday, July 12, 2007


Greater St Austell incorporates a number of small villages where my ancestors lived. Besides St Austell itself, there was St Blazey (named after an Armenian bishop, St Blaize) and Charlestown.

Charlestown has been used as a backdrop for the films of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. My great-great-great grandmother was born here in 1812 to a family of tin miners.

Down by Charlestown Dock there is a shipwreck and heritage centre which notes that Charlestown was home to the mother-in-law of the inventor of gas lighting, William Murdock. We skipped the tour.

Bondi quickly starts to make himself at home in Tony and Maureen's kitchen.

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