The History of St. Keverne
The Rev. Canon Diggens
Canon Diggens was the Vicar of St.
Keverne between 1896 and 1913 and during this
time compiled extensive notes on the history,
origins and folk ways of the parish.
His papers extend to some 200 pages and the
subjects range from the occurrence of asbestos,
with fanciful speculation on its use in
antiquity, to listings from the Court Rolls of
the 14th and 15th centuries.
Some of his papers he extends in essay form and
we have included a section of these.
If you wish to consult the full text we intend
to deposit a copy with the Cornish Studies
Library in Redruth.
They form a unique insight into the paternal
attitude of a country parson as well as a record
of a world that disappeared with the First World
The above photograph (circa
1912) shows Canon W.A. Diggens BA Vicar
with Mrs. Diggens and Miss Diggens (sister)