Local boy Stephen Polglase has written an excellent account of the history of the Godolphin mining area (in the south of the parish of Breage). It contains a significant amount of new, original and personal research and never-before published local information. It describes wonderful scenes of local life and it is a wide ranging and very absorbing book. The black and white photographs are unfortunately of variable quality, being small, faded and frequently over-lapping, which I found distracting. The book's content mostly centres around Herland Cross (now Godolphin Cross) village. The rest of the large parish of Breage doesn't get the same coverage, which is a real shame. Also the focus in mostly on industrial history of mining. There is less attention to farming, church, educational and social history, which although there - doesn't get the same attention one feels. The referencing is ok - most of the facts are backed-up
I would really have liked more on the Godolphin family and their unique and nationally significant Tudor Manor House, Breage Church with it's rare pre-reformation wall paintings and the history of the farms and local families, for instance the Spernons. This is however a very good and really interesting book and if you have an interest in Cornish mining or family, social or local history then this book is well worth reading.