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Further Reading on Silvanus Trevail

For those wishing to know more about Trevail, the following references may be of interest:

A good summary of his life and works appears in Ronald Perry's chapter entitled 'Silvanus Trevail: Social reformer, developer, architect' of the Victorian Society's publication  "Powerhouses of provincial architecture, 1837-1914". This was published by the Victorian Society, London, 2009

An Baner Kernewek (The Cornish banner), edited by James Whetter, contains a number of important articles, starting with a useful general outline of Trevail’s life and work, ‘Silvanus Trevail, Architect’ (No 74, November 1993) by James Whetter. In ‘What Drove Trevail to Destruction?’ (No 87, February 1997), Whetter discusses possible reasons for Trevail’s early death. ‘Silvanus Trevail: A Crowded Year’ by Ronald Perry (No 84, May 1996) focuses upon a year of tourist rows, public health disputes and a successful battle with the mighty Great Western Railway. Another article, also called ‘What Drove Trevail to Destruction’ by Harry Tregilsas (No 91, February 1998) speculates further on the state of Trevail’s health and in the same issue ‘Monument to a Victorian Giant’ by Ronald Perry explores Trevail’s enthusiasm for Public Libraries and Technical Education. Copies of An Baner Kernewek may be obtained from Dr James Whetter, The Roseland Institute Gorran Haven

Trevail’s tourist activities, as designer, developer and hotel operator, have been the subject of a number of articles. David Mudd’s ‘Silvanus Trevail’s Soured Holiday Dream’, in his 'Cornwall in Uproar', (Bossiney 1983), describes the most famous of the many controversies caused by Trevail’s initiatives, the Newquay Headland Riots (which, contrary to Newquay folklore, were not his fault at all). An account of other Trevail influences on Newquay appears in a series of articles by Ronald Perry in the Newquay Tourist Association Newsletters of Autumn 2004, and a more general treatment of Trevail’s impact on Cornish tourism occurs in Ronald Perry’s ‘Silvanus Trevail and the Development of Modern Tourism in Cornwall’, Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, 1999. Also of relevance is ‘What Caused the 1890s Hotel Boom?’ by Ronald Perry and Hazel Harradence in the Journal of the Cornwall Association of Local Historians, Autumn 2004.

Other useful references include The Life and Reminiscences of CTT, 1926, by Trevail’s cousin, Charles Thomas Trevail, a person of importance in his own right, and a short resumé of Trevail’s life by Peter Laws, first President of the Silvanus Trevail Society, in R S Best’s biography, The Life and Good Works of John Passmore Edwards, Truran, 1981.

Sheila Bird’s ‘The Silvanus Trevail Enigma’ in Cornish Tales of Mystery and Murder, Newbury, 2002 deals with his death and includes a readable account of his life.

The Silvanus Trevail Society Newsletter, edited by Hazel Harradence, contained ongoing references to newly discovered Trevail buildings and the results of further research on his life by members of the Society. These have included information on the Trevail family tree by Hazel Harradence, buildings in Newquay, Truro and the Lizard by Pauline Howard, South East and North East Cornwall and St Austell by Hazel Harradence, Fowey by Elizabeth Gosling, North Cornwall and St Day and the North Coast by Helen Michael-Trust, Triumphal Arches and other buildings in Camborne, Truro and Bodmin by Ann Perry. Copies of the Newsletters are available for reference at the Cornwall Centre, Redruth and an edited version appears on this website.


Cover of Hazel & Ron's book

And finally . . . . . 

Hazel Harradence & Ronald Perry have co-written the first ever complete history of Trevail's life and works :

"Silvanus Trevail - Cornish Architect & Entrepreneur".

Click on the book cover for more details from the publisher.



Trevail book wins prestigious Cornish Book Award 

Hazel, Ron & co with their awards

Congratulations !   Hazel, Ron & co with their awards



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