A RARE collection of historically significant Cornish material spanning some 500 years is going under the hammer next week.
The Pendarves Archives 1 sale includes a total of 231 items such as the Pendarves Estate records based in Camborne, its deeds and leases from 1306 to 1881, court books, rent books, personal, estate correspondence, maps and plans, mine sets, mine plans, military and political plans.
The collection is thought to be worth £25,000 and of interest to anyone of Cornish ancestry, particularly with a family history in mining, as the Cornish mining material with references going back as far as 1585, will be a prominent feature.
John Floyd, of Penzance-based David Lay Frics auctioneers, said: "The material is in the ownership of Pendarves family and it was their decision to auction it.
"They may think other Cornish people might like to study the material and have it."
The collection has been on loan to the Cornish Records Office in Truro since when the Pendarves manor house in Camborne was demolished in 1955. The Pendarves/Wynne family can trace their ancestors back to the time of the Plantagenets.
They are believed to have come to the Camborne area during the reign of Elizabeth I. They were greatly involved with the industrialisation and the development of Cornish tin and copper in the area as it changed from farming to mining.
Their estate grew and as prominent landowners and a high-ranking family they were involved in all aspects of Cornish life in the 18th and 19th century.
As well as having representatives in Parliament they provided patronage to many charitable works and local improvements.
The family's granite manor house near Troon once stood at the centre of the estate but it was demolished in 1955 after the death of two Pendarves heads of family in quick succession meant crippling death duties had to be paid.
The sale will take place at the Penzance Auction House on March 26 at 11am.
The online catalogue can be viewed at www.davidlay.co.uk