Welcome to St Just and St Mawes Virtual Heritage Centre.

The heritage group was set up in November 2007 and although we have been unable to find a suitable premises to date (SOON TO CHANGE; SEE STORY BELOW), we've collected many old photographs and staged 4 exhibitions, the first in October 2009, about St Mawes school and in October 2010, about carnivals past.  Our third exhibition was on the History of the Cornish Gigs when we screened the film "Remembering Rosemarie" by local film maker Shauna Osborne-Dowle.  Watch the trailer here. Our 4th Exhibition tied in with the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations here in St Mawes with an exhibition of "Past Royal Visits".

All photographs and ‘memories’ posted here are for your enjoy-ment, however, if you find a discrepancy in any of the details on this site, please do let us know. In the mean time, take a walk along old streets, view old buildings and maybe even discover some familiar faces. And if you have some historical photos yourself that you’d be willing to share, then email us with them and we’ll be glad to post them for everyone’s benefit.


Alternatively, maybe you have an old recollection or memory you’d like to share about St Mawes' or St Just’s bygone era? Or you remember an old story that you recall hearing? If so, we’d be glad to include that in our ‘memories section. But for now, just relax and enjoy the ride down memory lane...

How you can Support us

Opening the Red Telephone Boxes

Wednesday 20th of May at 2.30pm

Our group are now the proud owners of 2 defunct BT red telephone boxes many thanks to a purchase price of £1 per box paid for us and insured for us by The Parish Council. One box is situated outside The Arcade and the other is on Polvarth Road.


We intend to use these as a display space and for annual displays. For our first display the box at Polvarth will feature photographs and pictures showing the history of farming in the parish and the box beside The Arcade will show the history of the important buildings around The Square.


We are going to have a special opening ceremony on Wednesday 20th of May at 2.30pm outside the telephone box in The Square. This will be followed by a celebratory cream tea and a short talk with slides by Jenny Johnson. This is a free event so please come along and help us celebrate having our first permanent display spaces.


You can support the St Just and St Mawes Heritage Group by becoming a member at the great price of £5 per annum. Any amount above this would be very gratefully received. Membership entitles you to free entry to all Heritage events. You can keep up to date with all the activities by clicking on the link below. To join, please contact Pip Farmiloe by emailing pipandjonathan@aol.com or phoning 01326 270820, thank you.

Brenda Pye's Legacy

Roseland Gig Club

St Just & St Mawes Heritage Group

And Pomerys Garage.


There will, hopefully in the not too distant future, be an exciting new presence in a prominent position on the front in St Mawes.

The will of Brenda Pye includes her wish that the Heritage Group take over the first and second floors of her old home above the disused petrol pumps.

In 1999 she gave the ground floor to the Roseland Gig Club and now planning is under way to prepare the main room on the first floor for public access.

In accordance with her wishes, the sitting room is to be kept, within reason, just as she left it. Brenda was an art teacher and an artist herself of considerable talent.

Since retiring, and living in St Mawes, she mixed with all the local artists and amassed a large eclectic collection of art by names such Terry Frost, Anthony Frost, Roger Hilton, Kurt Jackson, Barry Cook and many others.

All the walls were simply covered in pictures and after making the building safe for the public, this is how it is intended the main room shall remain.

Presently all Brenda’s valuable art work is in the safe custody of the Falmouth Art Gallery. Other rooms on the first floor will be used for Heritage Group exhibitions. The project will, however, take time to be realised and considerable fund raising will be necessary to cover the cost. Brenda was a lovely, very generous lady who loved St Mawes and the Heritage Group is determined that her, somewhat ambitious, wishes will be honoured.


With thanks to St Just in Roseland Parish Council for sponsorship of this website.

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