Talskiddy (Cornish: Talskeudy, meaning brow of the shady hill) is a hamlet about two miles north of St Columb Major in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Originally a manorial settlement belonging to the Earldom of Cornwall, the place prospered in the 19th Century as a centre of the wool-combing industry.
Artefacts that have been found in the area such as flints and stone tools suggest that it has been a settlement for over 4000 years. The earliest written records of the village start when Richard, Earl of Cornwall purchased three Cornish acres at Talskiddy, making it one of seventeen Cornish manors belonging to the Earl of Cornwall. In 1337 these seventeen 'ancient manors' known as Antiqua maneria became part of the newly created Duchy of Cornwall. The manorial custom of "Free Bench" was practised here. It was once a centre for the woolcombing industry. Many of the older houses in the village are built of cob.
The meaning of the name is supposed to be brow of the hill of shadows, from Tal the Cornish word for brow, and skeusy the Cornish word for shady or shadows, but could include the Cornish skaw meaning elder trees.
Talskiddy is probably one of the smallest villages in Cornwall, the only facilities being one red telephone box and a Victorian postbox. It is one of only a few villages in Cornwall that has a village green. It also has a duck pond, known by the residents as "the harbour". There was once a "kiddlywink" or beer shop in the village. Two woolcombing sheds remain, now converted to dwellings. Close by are the farming settlements of Rosedinnick, Pennatillie and Pencrennis.
Daniel Defoe wrote a book about a man from Talskiddy called Dickory Cronke: The Dumb Philosopher: or, Great Britain's Wonder (1719). It is not clear whether Cronke was a real character, or the work of Defoe's imagination.
A true life character who lived at Talskiddy was George Hawke. He spent his early life working as a wool stapler for the Allanson family. He was a very determined man indeed. He was born in St Eval Parish on 2 October 1802 at his father's farm near Bedruthan. Following losses in an economic recession, George decided to emigrate to Australia. His words were recorded in a letter at age 70 years to a nephew back in Cornwall. The letter was later reproduced in full in Yvonne McBurney's book, The Road to Byng.
- Cornwall, Earl Richard, and the Barons' War
- "It's the big clean-up at Talskiddy". This is Cornwall. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- Dickory Cronke by Daniel Defoe, text on Project Gutenberg
- Cornish Association of New South Wales
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