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Camborne Railway Station. 1920s
Camborne Railway Station. 1920s
East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893
East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893
Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
St Georges Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1883
St Georges Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1883
Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900
Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900
Building the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1911
Building the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1911
Tregolls House, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1900
Tregolls House, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1900
Vivian Terrace, Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 20th century
Vivian Terrace, Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 20th century
The Fourburrow Hunt at Tregothnan, Tresillian, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The Fourburrow Hunt at Tregothnan, Tresillian, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Firefighters, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. September 1991
Firefighters, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. September 1991
Mitchell Hill Terrace, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Mitchell Hill Terrace, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Point, Devoran, Feock, Cornwall. 1857
Point, Devoran, Feock, Cornwall. 1857
Vivian Terrace, Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 20th century Featured Image

Vivian Terrace, Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 20th century

A view of Vivian Terrace looking towards the Lander Monument in Lemon Street. There is a man on a bicycle riding in the road and a horse-drawn milk cart with churns is waiting outside one house. Built in the early to mid 19th century, the grade II listed buildings in the terrace are now known as 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21 Falmouth Road. The Lander monument was designed by the architect Philip Sambell in 1835 to commemorate the discoveries of the Lander brothers, Richard and John, whose discoveries included the source of River Niger. The statue of Richard was added in 1852 by the sculptor, Neville Northy Burnard. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

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Furzupland, Kenwyn, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Furzupland, Kenwyn, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Fishing boats, Polperro, Cornwall. Possibly 1940s
Fishing boats, Polperro, Cornwall. Possibly 1940s
Pednandrea stamps and mine dressing floor at Wheal Sparnon, Redruth, Cornwall. 1865
Pednandrea stamps and mine dressing floor at Wheal Sparnon, Redruth, Cornwall. 1865
Herodsfoot, Cornwall. 1978
Herodsfoot, Cornwall. 1978
Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
Surfers on the beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Probably June 1922
Surfers on the beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Probably June 1922
A Musical Club, Artist Unknown
A Musical Club, Artist Unknown
Trevaunance Beach at low tide, St Agnes, Cornwall. Probably 20th July 1910
Trevaunance Beach at low tide, St Agnes, Cornwall. Probably 20th July 1910
Fishing boats off Chapel Rock, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
Fishing boats off Chapel Rock, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
Edward Heath Rodd, England. Around 1879
Edward Heath Rodd, England. Around 1879
Samuel John Govier 's photographic van by an unidentified cottage
Samuel John Govier 's photographic van by an unidentified cottage
Market Square, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Market Square, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Furzupland, Kenwyn, Cornwall. Early 1900s Featured Image

Furzupland, Kenwyn, Cornwall. Early 1900s

A young girl with a skipping rope is at the top of the steps, a lady holding a card or paper is on the right and a gentleman in a trilby is on the left. A gentleman with a white beard and wearing a cap can be seen looking out of a first floor window. The local story of this house is that it was built for an eccentric rich man. At the time when it was built, a well used thoroughfare ran beside the house and the man thought that someone might break in during the night and steal his money. So he had it built like a castle without stairs. At night he would climb up to the first floor using a rope ladder, pull the ladder up and sleep with a blunderbuss gun beside him. On the 1871 census an Edward George Spry, aged 36, lived there. He is described as a Bachelor of Arts, Landowner, Fund Holder and owner of stock in railways, mines etc. He was also part owner of the Red Lion Hotel in Boscawen Street, Truro. His housekeeper was Mary Verran. He and his housekeeper still lived there in 1881. Mr Spry died in 1887 leaving £11,000 (about £1 million today). The house is listed on the 1891 and 1901 censuses but with no occupants. Albert Sidney Labouchere-Sparling lived in the house between 1903 and 1906. In 1911, Josiah Clark (formerly of Tregavethan) lived there with his wife Olivia. It is possible that the people in the photograph are members of the Clark family. Furzuplands was home to the Brown family in the late 1950s. The property was later bought by architect Paul Bunyan and his wife, Laurence, who completely refurbished the interior. Photographer: Probably Arthur Philp.

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Five young boys, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Five young boys, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Harbour, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Harbour, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Lower Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 1911
Lower Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 1911
Lower Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 1911
Lower Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 1911
The Circus, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The Circus, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Mending Nets, West Cornwall Fisheries Exhibition, Penzance, Cornwall
Mending Nets, West Cornwall Fisheries Exhibition, Penzance, Cornwall
Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, June 1897, A.G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919)
Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, June 1897, A.G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919)
A donkey and cart in Market Square, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A donkey and cart in Market Square, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Malpas Ferry looking towards Ferryside Cottage and the Ferry House on the St Michael
Malpas Ferry looking towards Ferryside Cottage and the Ferry House on the St Michael
The Ringers of Launcells Tower, Frederick Smallfield (1829-1915)
The Ringers of Launcells Tower, Frederick Smallfield (1829-1915)
Replica Bust of Nefertiti, Germany
Replica Bust of Nefertiti, Germany
Liroconite, Wheal Gorland, St Day, Gwennap, Cornwall, England
Liroconite, Wheal Gorland, St Day, Gwennap, Cornwall, England
The Ringers of Launcells Tower, Frederick Smallfield (1829-1915) Featured Image

The Ringers of Launcells Tower, Frederick Smallfield (1829-1915)

Oil on canvas, English School. This painting was inspired by the poem 'The Ringers of Launcells Tower' by Rev. R.S. Hawker of Morwenstow in his book 'Cornish Ballads and Other Poems'. In this poem, the bell ringers who rang at the accession of George III in 1760 were still alive to ring at his golden jubilee in 1810. The church of Launcells is midway between Stratton and Bude. The picture was painted 77 years after George III's golden jubilee and so is a total reconstruction. There is, therefore, no possibility that the figures are actual portraits of the 1810 ringers. Nevertheless, Smallfield had visited the church tower before he started the painting but made certain alterations to the layout for artistic reasons. He also studied the bell ringers at his local church in Willesden, north west London, to get the action and the angle of the ropes correct. A watercolour version of this painting was exhibited at the Watercolour Society in 1878. Frederick Smallfield studied at the Royal Academy and subsequently exhibited there several times. He lived for most of his life in London and at Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire.

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Joseph Tangye (1826-1902) on a velocipede, probably Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Joseph Tangye (1826-1902) on a velocipede, probably Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Coverack, St Keverne, Cornwall. 1894
Coverack, St Keverne, Cornwall. 1894
Coverack harbour, Coverack, St Keverne, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Coverack harbour, Coverack, St Keverne, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 1920s
Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 1920s
The beach, Perranporth, Cornwall. Around 1920s
The beach, Perranporth, Cornwall. Around 1920s
The Five Pilchards Inn, Porthallow, St Keverne, Cornwall. Around 1890s
The Five Pilchards Inn, Porthallow, St Keverne, Cornwall. Around 1890s
The Victualling Office, Plymouth, Devon, from Mount Edgcumbe, Maker, Cornwall
The Victualling Office, Plymouth, Devon, from Mount Edgcumbe, Maker, Cornwall
Machine shop, H.T.P. Motors Ltd., Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. 1941
Machine shop, H.T.P. Motors Ltd., Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. 1941
First world war/truro/snowball fight boscawen street truro cornwall
First world war/truro/snowball fight boscawen street truro cornwall
Shepherd with sheep, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Shepherd with sheep, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Tucking Pilchards at Cadgwith, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Tucking Pilchards at Cadgwith, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Truro from Boscawen Park, Cornwall. 1920s
Truro from Boscawen Park, Cornwall. 1920s