Joan Rendell MBE (1921, Plymouth, Devon – 2010 Yeolmbridge, Cornwall) 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.
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). She was also an avid collector of matchbox covers and had an estimated collection of 300,000. Another interest of hers was corn-dolly making about which she also wrote a book. 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. In 1977 she was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal.
- 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
- Cornish Churches. St Teath: Bossiney Books, 1982
- Gateway to Cornwall. St Teath: Bossiney Books
- "Fire death historian's work saved". BBC News. 5 May 2010.
- "Gifted author and Bard was personification of Cornwall". Thisiswesternmorningnews.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
- "Fire crews work to save historian Rendell's archive". BBC News. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
- Rendell, J. (1982) Cornish Churches; p. 3
- Thomas, David St John Journey Through Britain: Landscape, People and Books; p. 262
- Notes in Superstition and Folklore, by Michael Williams; St Teath: Bossiney Books, 1982 ISBN 0-906456-65-7
- Cornish author dies Westcountry TV report on her tragic death