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Wheelwright at Trenear, Wendron, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Wheelwright at Trenear, Wendron, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Ladock village, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Ladock village, Cornwall. Early 1900s
H.T.P. Motors Ltd, Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Taken before the the last section of
H.T.P. Motors Ltd, Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Taken before the the last section of
Captain Philip Richards house Riverside House Gweek, Cornwall. Possibly early 1910s
Captain Philip Richards house Riverside House Gweek, Cornwall. Possibly early 1910s
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
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

© From the collection of the RIC

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
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
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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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
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
Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, June 1897, A.G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919) Featured Image

Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, June 1897, A.G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919)

Oil on canvas, Newlyn School, June 1897. This painting is a wonderful record of a lantern procession held to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The women and girls in the procession, all dressed in white and carrying Chinese lanterns, are shown snaking their way through the Cornish fishing village of Newlyn. George Sherwood Hunter was born in Aberdeen and visited Newlyn around the turn of the century. He settled there permanently in 1902 where he taught alongside Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes at the Newlyn School of Painting. Like many artists associated with the Newlyn School, Hunter was interested in depicting working people around the ports and villages of Cornwall. The painting underwent considerable conservation and restoration in 2010 which meant that, for the first time in over 100 years, the exquisitely painted faces of those in the procession could be seen in all their subtle glory. The delicate beauty in the children's faces is made more remarkable when one takes into consideration the very limited palette Hunter works with.

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle

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
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