The Halsetown Inn ,St.Ives,Cornwall
James Halse was both a wealthy and generous man. He was a Solicitor and Tin Mine owner (Consols, Rosewall and Ransom United Mines).His ambition was to represent St.Ives as its Member of Parliament at Westminster.However, at the time, St.Ives was controlled by the rival Pread family. In the early 1800’s only male landowners were entitled to vote, and there were not very many of them. What could he do?
Make your miners Landowners
The village of Halsetown is about 1 mile from St.Ives.Each of the eighty or so houses have a half acre of land. They were well made from local granite. This made his miners entitled to vote. He did not scrimp on his village. It is one of the first planned villages in the country. He also provided a school and Masters House, a chapel and cemetery. Several wells were also spread around the village for fresh water.
In 1831 The Halsetown Inn was completed, with all of the miners in attendance. On the 29th of December of that year, a Mrs. Catherine Hodge was appointed the first “Landlord” of new inn. It was very popular with local miners.
The village was completed in good time for polling day – 11th December 1832.James Halse was elected to Parliament. He went on to represent St.Ives for 5 consecutive parliaments.
Because Halsetown is within The St.Ives Conservation Area, both the village and inn look how they would have done nearly 180 years ago.