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From Ponsanooth to the world
Gary Hendrson
Gary carries out village research for his website.

Gary Henderson is a deputy head-teacher in Camborne. His other two passions are Ponsanooth and the world wide web.

He put his two interests together to create the village's own website.

Ponsanooth website
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+ In the 18th and 19th Century the banks of the Kennall River were throbbing with industry, ranging from corn milling to iron founding.

+ In a seven mile stretch of the river there were 48 water wheels.

+ It may be doubted if, within the same short distance, another such stream can be found in England.

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The Ponsanooth village website has attracted visitors all over the world and is growing all the time.

Resident Gary Henderson looks after the web pages which are packed with local information from planning applications to photos of village events down the years.

"The website started when Year One pupils at the village school did a 'My Millenium' book," explains Gary. "Our youngest daughter Kate was involved in the project and when I saw the quality of the work I decided it should be seen by a wider audience."

Around the same time Gary was browsing through a 1951 W.I scrapbook of village events. He decided the village website would be an online scrap-book which could be enjoyed by future generations.

"The site has received visitors all over the world," beams Gary. "One great email came from an old school friend of Len Tresidder saying how when they were 9-years-old they would hang off the viaduct that was being built at the time. What a childhood!"

Ponsanooth has changed greatly over the years and further changes are occuring all the time.

"On a day to day basis you do not notice changes," says Gary. "But by taking pictures regularly we are buiding up an online scrap book of Ponsanooth throughout the months. By doing this you do notice many changes."

Posanooth's leat
The leat flows through a garden.

Many Sundays will find Gary working on the village's leat which runs through the near-by woods and is a feature of many gardens in Ponsanooth. Along with a team of enthusiastic volunteers Gary clears out the leat to improve its flow to the delight of many villagers. They have seen an improvement of the leat which runs through their gardens.

Gary can also be found with his neighbour Rodney Nute.

Rodney is currently renovating an old village mill into a house while at the same time restoring it to its former glory.

Rodney Nute pauses from his work
Rodney Nute at the Mill

"There used to be so many mills between Ponsanooth and Stithians," explains Rodney. "I think at one time there was about 48 working wheels. The one I am working on packed up in the 1950's."

Rodney has already restored one mill nearer Stithians and hopes within two years to have Ponsanooth's Old Mill restored.

"I do like them and I hate to see them become ruins," says Rodney. "Many have been destroyed since the 1950's."

Rodney hopes the old mill will serve a dual purpose; a place for him to live, and for people to visit as an operational museum.

Visit Len Tresidder, village resident
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