Monthly Archives: April 2016

Learning Shorthand in 1894

On Monday, 22 January 1894, Martin Osborne Cock, master printer and editor of the St Ives Times for many years, started to learn Pitman shorthand.  How do I know this?  Over the winter I’ve been transcribing the shorthand diary of his friend, Gordon Heywood. They attended Hayle Grammar School, where Gordon was a weekly boarder.  […]


Clambering over the wreck of the steam ship Rosedale must have been very exciting for the 16-year-old Gordon. It crops up in his second diary entry (16th December 1893) when he climbs all over her with his friend, John Hodge. His last mention of going to look at the wreck is on 5th March 1894.  […]