Lemarne and the
Lemarne was purchased along with Trewortha in the late
1500s by Henry Spoure (c1541-1603). Of particular interest was the tin mine
which provided so well that Henry was able to give £1000 a piece to his
five daughters. Apparently this was the first time that such a large sum of
money had been given to a daughter by a private gentleman from his class in
Cornwall. Henry built the great parlour and other rooms and buildings as
additions to the existing Trebartha Hall.
Lemarne Mine was situated between Lemarne and Stonaford.
In addition to tin and arsenic it also yielded enough gold to make a ring
which is now the possession of the Rodd family. It is recorded that Mary
Spoure, wife of Henry, sunk the shaft but she became discouraged by the
death of a village boy who fell into the shaft whilst playing with a
windlass on a Sunday. Robert Latham has seen plans in the Cornwall Record
Office of a mine dating back to 1886 but this was marked as abandoned in
1888. There was an attempt to mine there by some Americans in 1953 but this
was not a success.
The picture above, taken around
1910, shows the Landrey family outside Lemarne. The older man Harry Landrey
was the gamekeeper and sitting on the step is his son and namesake Harry
Landrey who was batman in World War One to Francis Rodd. William Landrey,
standing on the right, was killed in 1916 whilst serving with the Tank
Corps in France. Harry Landry senior was gamekeeper for 43 years and his
father had been gamekeeper for 21 years before him. The 1884 Ordnance
Survey map shows kennels near Lemarne Mine but by 1916 they had been
brought back to Lemarne.