Joan Rendell

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Joan Rendell MBE (1921, Plymouth, Devon[1] – 2010 Yeolmbridge, Cornwall[2]) was an English historian, writer and phillumenist. For most of her life her home was at Werrington. She was the daughter of Gervase Rendell, born 1879 in Eastry, Kent.[3]

Miss Rendell was the author of more than 30 books mainly on Cornish subjects. In September 1980 she was made a Bard of Gorsedh Kernow, taking the name Scryfer Weryn (Writer of Werrington).[4] She was also an avid collector of matchbox covers and had an estimated collection of 300,000.[5] Another interest of hers was corn-dolly making about which she also wrote a book.[6] Joan Rendell died in a fire at her bungalow near Launceston, Cornwall on Tuesday 4 May 2010.


She was awarded the MBE in 1958, for raising £100,000 in National Savings stamps. She went on to be national chairman of the National Savings Bank.[7] In 1977 she was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal.[8]

Publications (selected)[edit]

  • Cornwall Strange but True
  • Collecting Matchbox Labels
  • The Story of the Bude Canal. Callington: Stannary Press, 1978
  • Along the Bude Canal. Bodmin: Bossiney Books, 1979
  • Around Bude and Stratton
  • Cornwall's Historic Buildings
  • The Book of Werrington: a pictorial celebration
  • Lundy Island. St Teath: Bossiney Books
  • North Cornwall in the Old Days
  • Hawker Country. St Teath: Bossiney Books
  • Around Launceston
  • Country Crafts
  • Saltash
  • Cornish Churches. St Teath: Bossiney Books, 1982
  • Gateway to Cornwall. St Teath: Bossiney Books


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