Talk:William Cookworthy

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Importance rating for Wikiprojects[edit]

I've re-rated this as Mid for the Cornwall Wikiproject - Cookworthy's discovery of china clay in Cornwall started a major industry, which as well as its economic impact has had a profound and permanent impact on the Cornish landscape. DuncanHill (talk) 16:18, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

I'm not sure about the Low importance for Devon. There was a great kerfuffle in the early 1950s when the Quaker burial ground at Treville Street was wanted for a new development and it was realised that Cookworthy's remains would be re-interred in a common grave with other Quakers. Clearly he was thought important at that time. Eventually they were given separate burial. Plymouth University has named a building after him and there is a plaque on the site of his building in Notte Street. --Martin Wyatt (talk) 19:48, 29 April 2016 (UTC)


I have taken out the reference to scurvy as there is no citation and I have heard this story attributed to a later person whose name I forget. --Martin Wyatt (talk) 19:51, 29 April 2016 (UTC)