Kernow, the Cornish language name for Cornwall, first appears in 1400, deriving directly from the original Cornovii. It is considered to be a corruption of Durocornovium, ‘a fort or walled settlement of the Cornovii’.
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early 19thC Anglo-Saxon
map, based on the
The name Cornwall derives from the combination of two separate terms from different languages: Corn from the Cornovii – the Celtic people, who had lived there since the Iron Age, while –wall derives from the Old English w(e)alh, meaning a “foreigner” or “Welshman”.
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Cornwall as a name first appears in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles in 891 as On Corn walum. In the Domesday Book it was referred to as Cornualia and in c 1198 as Cornwal.
|Architect's impression of the Old Brewery at Redruth|
where the new Kresen Kernow will be based
Kresen Kernow is the new archive centre in Redruth … it’s good to know Kernow's Kitchenware will not be residing there, only history and memories of the Cornovii’s rich past.
Back to Kernow’s Kitchenware … the ceramics’ iconic design of blue and white bands reminding us of the blue skies and white-crested waves of Kernow: branded Cornishware.
TG Green was founded in 1864 … Mr Green and his new wife, Mary Tenniel, were honeymooning in Cornwall when they bought up an existing pottery.
You might know the name Tenniel – Mary was the sister of Punch and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrator, Sir John Tenniel.
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a type of cake mix
Cornishware’s familiar blue and white stripes were first created in 1926, quickly being used on many products, books, adverts, fashion magazines … spreading its timeless design across the globe.
It has been updated and then due to its demise resuscitated in recent years … understandably that early Victorian pottery workshop struggled in the 20th and 21st centuries. Thankfully the stripes are restored to their rightful position.
That is K for Kernow, Kresen Kernow archive centre can be found in Redruth, and for Kitchenware: don’t knock the Kitchenware it might be knobbled ... from Aspects of British Cornish …
Just a quick note re Corningware .. which some of you have asked about: Corningware is an American glass oven to table ware product developed in the 1950s ... a very useful product, which I've used all my life. While the Cornishware is pottery ... a different material altogether ... and is a definitive design and brand representing Cornwall.
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