Curriculum Kernewek

Cornwall Agreed Syllabus 2011

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Books for teachers:

Unity and Variety – A History of The Church in Devon and Cornwall, Nicholas Orme, University of Exeter Press, 1991

A History Of Christianity In Cornwall, Peter Isaac, WEC Press

A History Of Cornish Methodism, Thomas Shaw, D Bradford Barton, 1967

Gwennap Pit – John Wesley's Amphitheatre – A Cornish Pardon, Thomas Shaw, Gwennap Pit Management Committee, 2011

A Methodist Guide To Cornwall, Thomas Shaw, Methodist Publishing House 1991 (contains an alphabetical index of Methodist Chapels in Cornwall)

The Wesleys in Cornwall, ed. J. Pearce, D Bradford Barton, 1964,

'The Next Chapter. Cornish Methodism 1965-2005', Ian Haile Cornish Methodist Historical Association, 2009

Online: – provides information about Wesley and the history of Gwennap Pit. – provides information about the Billy Bray Memorial Trust and his chapel. – provides information about John Wesley and the history of the cottage. – provides information about Gwennap Pit, Wesley Cottage and Carharrack Museum of Cornish Methodism.


Jon Davey offers a 'Wesley and Bray' workshop session which includes:

  • a chance to meet either John Wesley or Billy Bray (Jon in character)
  • a guided visit Gwennap Pit and Billy Bray's Chapel
  • activities to help pupils explore the development and popularity of non-conformism

Jon Davey is a teacher with over 20 years classroom experience, educational writer and President of Redruth Old Cornwall Society. Contact Jon via email: or tel: 07542184658.


Gwennap Pit provides opportunities for pupils to learn about John Wesley, Methodism and mining. A speaker will guide you around the site if required. The circular terraces in the Pit can also provide a bit of fun and exercise for energetic children as walking around each terrace from top to bottom and up again covers one mile. To organise a visit email: or call: 01209 822770.

Billy Bray's Three Eyes Chapel, Kerley Downs, provides an insight into the life and faith of Billy Bray. To organise a school visit email:

Wesley Cottage, Trewint is where John Wesley stayed when visiting Cornwall. It provides an insight into his life and faith. To organise a visit email: or call: 01566 880265

Use the Curriculum Kernewek Map to identify Methodist sites within walking distance of your school and confirm access arrangements before you visit with a class.