For anyone interested in visiting Morwenstow, or in finding out more about writers, smugglers, shipwrecks, old books, old churches and various related topics of general interest the websites below are worth investigating.
STRATSIDE GALLERY, STRATTON – Includes details of an exhibition and e-book on the life and work of John Ley Pethybridge, the illustrator of Life and Letters, Cornish Ballads and Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall.
THE GIBSONS OF SCILLY – A collection of shipwreck photos from Scilly and West Cornwall dating back to 1891. Some of these pictures were published in the book Shipwreck by John Fowles, Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1974.
THE MORWENSTOW SOCIETY does not have a website but the Treasurer can be contacted by email at: morwenstowsociety at hotmail dot co.uk – (to avoid spam this is not an active link – you will need to type the address in the ‘to’ box of your email, replacing ‘at’ and ‘dot’ with the appropriate symbols).
THE ALLIANCE OF LITERARY SOCIETIES – An umbrella organisation for literary societies/groups in the UK. Their website provides contact details for around 125 societies, along with a calender of events around the country.
EXETER CATHEDRAL HOOKER LECTURE 2010 – The ‘Hooker Lecture’ page on the Cathedral website provides a link to an article entitled ‘What can the Twenty-First Century Church learn from the Victorians?’. The article touches on several of the controversies referred to by Hawker in his letters and also mentions the revival of diocesan synods, which Byles attributes to Hawker (Life and Letters, p. 172).
DEVON PERSPECTIVES – Excellent illustrations and a wide selection of well researched pieces. The article on the Arscotts of Tetcott mentions Hawker and refers to Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall in the footnotes.
POETS’ CORNER – A non-commercial poetry site offering more than 7000 out-of-copyright poems. Far better than the majority of poetry websites – no adverts, almost 800 authors, and clear, unfussy presentation.