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Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, A.G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919)
Jubilee Procession in a Cornish Village, A.G. Sherwood Hunter (1846-1919)
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The beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Around 1920s
The beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Around 1920s
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Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 1920s
Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 1920s
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St Georges Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1883
St Georges Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1883
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Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900
Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900
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The Ringers of Launcells Tower, Frederick Smallfield (1829-1915)
The Ringers of Launcells Tower, Frederick Smallfield (1829-1915)
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East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893
East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893
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A Musical Club, Artist Unknown
A Musical Club, Artist Unknown
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Tregolls House, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1900
Tregolls House, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1900
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Surfers on the beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Probably June 1922
Surfers on the beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Probably June 1922
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Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
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Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1893
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The Ringers of Launcells Tower, Frederick Smallfield (1829-1915) Featured Print

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

Oil on canvas, English School, 1887. 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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Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
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Pednandrea stamps and mine dressing floor at Wheal Sparnon, Redruth, Cornwall. 1865
Pednandrea stamps and mine dressing floor at Wheal Sparnon, Redruth, Cornwall. 1865
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Coverack harbour, Coverack, St Keverne, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Coverack harbour, Coverack, St Keverne, Cornwall. Late 1800s
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Tucking Pilchards at Cadgwith, Cornwall. Late 1800s
Tucking Pilchards at Cadgwith, Cornwall. Late 1800s
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Locomotive Smelter on the Redruth and Chacewater line, Cornwall. After 1854
Locomotive Smelter on the Redruth and Chacewater line, Cornwall. After 1854
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The wreck of the collier Bessie, with all that remains of the wrecked Vulture in the surf
The wreck of the collier Bessie, with all that remains of the wrecked Vulture in the surf
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Building the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1911
Building the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1911
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St Georges Road, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
St Georges Road, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
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Vivian Terrace, Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 20th century
Vivian Terrace, Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 20th century
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A China Clay Pit, Leswidden, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
A China Clay Pit, Leswidden, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
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Firefighters, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. September 1991
Firefighters, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. September 1991
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Chun Cromlech, Morvah, Cornwall. Summer 1858
Chun Cromlech, Morvah, Cornwall. Summer 1858
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The wreck of the collier Bessie, with all that remains of the wrecked Vulture in the surf beyond, Carbis Bay, Lelant, Cornwall. 1893 Featured Print

The wreck of the collier Bessie, with all that remains of the wrecked Vulture in the surf beyond, Carbis Bay, Lelant, Cornwall. 1893

A view of the Bessie wrecked at Carbis Bay, broadside to the surf, with the machinery of the Vulture beyond. SS Bessie (ON 49984) was an iron three masted brigantine rigged steamer of 287 tons gross, built in 1865 for the busy Hayle to Bristol trade and launched by Harvey and Company of Hayle. She was sold in 1889 to James Richards of Penarth and ran aground at Carbis Bay on 18th November 1893 while carrying coal from Cardiff to Portland, under the command of Captain David Moloney. Cintra and Vulture were wrecked on the same occasion. On page 84 of Cornish Shipwrecks, by Clive Carter, is a description of the days events: On 17th November 1893 came the Cintra Gale'. It had been a particularly stormy month, and soon after the 418-ton iron collier Cintra of Liverpool left Newport old dock for Dartmouth on the night of the 15th the wind again freshened from the ESE. It increased, and at 4pm next day Captain Henry Green of Brixham anchored in seven fathoms a mile off Carbis Bay. A few hours later another collier fled for shelter, the 345-ton Vulture of Cardiff, Hole master, and likewise bound for Dartmouth. At dusk they were joined by none other than the Bessie, whose anchor clattered down only half a mile from where she had grounded in 1866. She was bound from Cardiff to Portland under the command of Captain David Maloney. Captain Green of the Cintra prepared to slip and steam seaward, but huge seas were already smashing on board. Stanchions were buckled, ventilators snapped off, and at 2am the windlass seized up, jamming the anchor chains solid. As dawn broke the gale made its final shift to NNE; the Cintra was ready to sink at anchor, and men who tried to cut the fouled chains with hammers and chisels were driven back to shelter of the bridge. Captain Green hoisted a distress signal and gave orders for the lifeboat to be lowered but it capsized as it touched the water, and chief engineer Rogers, fire-man Summers and two able seamen disappeared in the surf. As Cintra lurched on to the sands it was every man for himself. Captain Green, steward Jones, two engineers and a fire-man jumped overboard, but able seaman Ash of Brixham, though handed a lifebelt by the captain, stayed behind, hoping the collier would ebb dry. The others were dragged ashore by coastguards and rocket men, but the chief engineer and the fireman died half an hour after rescue. Meanwhile, the crew of the Vulture, all of whom came from St Ives and Hayle, were landing by breeches-buoy. A few minutes after Captain Hole came ashore the Cintra, which lay only 100 yards away, suddenly broke up, drowning able seaman Ash. The Bessie's crew were also soon rescued, though the gale at this time was sufficient to stop dead both morning trains a mile from Carbis Bay, where the GWR branch line from St Erth crossed the exposed dunes. Later in the day the 936-ton iron screw steamer Rosedale of London, Dickenson master, in ballast from Southampton to Cardiff, wallowed past St Ives pier and went broadside on to Porthminster beach'. Photographer: Unknown

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The Fourburrow Hunt at Tregothnan, Tresillian, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The Fourburrow Hunt at Tregothnan, Tresillian, Cornwall. Early 1900s
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Camborne Railway Station. 1920s
Camborne Railway Station. 1920s
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The Circus, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The Circus, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
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Point, Devoran, Feock, Cornwall. 1857
Point, Devoran, Feock, Cornwall. 1857
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Padstow Harbour, Cornwall. Around 1930s
Padstow Harbour, Cornwall. Around 1930s
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Horse bus, Coinagehall Street, Helston. Cornwall. Around 1900
Horse bus, Coinagehall Street, Helston. Cornwall. Around 1900
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Wheal Trannack Mine, Sithney, Cornwall. Around 1900
Wheal Trannack Mine, Sithney, Cornwall. Around 1900
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Porthleven, Cornwall. 1914-1918
Porthleven, Cornwall. 1914-1918
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Cottages at the head of the creek, Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall. Around 1925
Cottages at the head of the creek, Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall. Around 1925
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Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904
Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904
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Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. September 1902
Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. September 1902
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Cape Cornwall, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Around 1890
Cape Cornwall, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Around 1890
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Cottages at the head of the creek, Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall. Around 1925 Featured Print

Cottages at the head of the creek, Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall. Around 1925

Glass lantern slide from a lecture, entitled Some Historic Cornish Beauty Spots, given by Cornishman and amateur photographer, Major Arthur William Gill, in around 1925. He was well known in Cornwall and elsewhere during the 1920s and 1930s for his presentations of stills and cine film to many groups including The Royal Institution of Cornwall, Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society and the London Cornish Society. The quarter plate slides which he took prolifically with his ordinary camera are, in many cases, colour. These were painted by his own hand to great effect

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Boscawen Street, Truro, Cornwall. June 1911
Boscawen Street, Truro, Cornwall. June 1911
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Mitchell Hill Terrace, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Mitchell Hill Terrace, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
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Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1890s
Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1890s
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Helford Passage, Constantine, Cornwall. 1900s
Helford Passage, Constantine, Cornwall. 1900s
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Fowey harbour, Cornwall. 1914
Fowey harbour, Cornwall. 1914
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Wheal Kitty Mine, St Agnes, Cornwall. 1926-1930
Wheal Kitty Mine, St Agnes, Cornwall. 1926-1930
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RNLI lifeboat Arab I at the quay, Padstow, Cornwall. 1883-1900
RNLI lifeboat Arab I at the quay, Padstow, Cornwall. 1883-1900
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Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s
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Lower Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 1911
Lower Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 1911
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Narrowcliff, Newquay, Cornwall. Late 1930s
Narrowcliff, Newquay, Cornwall. Late 1930s
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The four wooden Marconi wireless towers at Poldhu, Mullion, Cornwall. Before 1912
The four wooden Marconi wireless towers at Poldhu, Mullion, Cornwall. Before 1912
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Fowey Regatta Queen, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1992
Fowey Regatta Queen, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1992
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