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Mullion Cove (Porth Mellin), Mullion, Cornwall. 13th June 1908
Mullion Cove (Porth Mellin), Mullion, Cornwall. 13th June 1908
Tolvaddon Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Around 1900
Tolvaddon Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Around 1900
Coverack harbour, St Keverne, Cornwall. 1908
Coverack harbour, St Keverne, Cornwall. 1908
Four fishermen, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
Four fishermen, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
Red House Restaurant and Donald Healeys Garage, Boscawen Road, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Around 1925
Red House Restaurant and Donald Healeys Garage, Boscawen Road, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Around 1925
Gold Lunulae and Axehead, Early Bronze Age, St Merryn, Cornwall
Gold Lunulae and Axehead, Early Bronze Age, St Merryn, Cornwall
Trewirgie House, Redruth, Cornwall. 1896
Trewirgie House, Redruth, Cornwall. 1896
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 the river was covered over in 1938
H.T.P. Motors Ltd, Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Taken before the the last section of the river was covered over in 1938
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
Gold Lunulae and Axehead, Early Bronze Age, St Merryn, Cornwall Featured Image

Gold Lunulae and Axehead, Early Bronze Age, St Merryn, Cornwall

Two Early Bronze Age gold lunulae and copper alloy flat axehead found in a barrow at Harlyn Bay, St Merryn in 1864. They were discovered on the west side of the bay, near the cliff edge, by a labourer digging a pond on land owned by Mr Hellyar. Lunulae are neck ornaments made from a flat sheet of crescent shaped gold with oval or square shaped terminals. The lunula on the left hand side is of provincial type, decorated with incised lines. It is identical to one found at Kerivoa and another from St Potan, Cotes-du-Nord, Brittany. All were made by the same craftsman using the same tools. The lunula on the right hand side is of classical type, decorated with incised lines. Beaker Period, around 2300 BC - 2000 BC. TRURI : 1866.1

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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
Furzupland, Kenwyn, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Furzupland, Kenwyn, 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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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, presumably in West Cornwall. Early 1900s
Samuel John Govier 's photographic van by an unidentified cottage, presumably in West Cornwall. Early 1900s
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
Pednandrea stamps and mine dressing floor at Wheal Sparnon, Redruth, Cornwall. 1865 Featured Image

Pednandrea stamps and mine dressing floor at Wheal Sparnon, Redruth, Cornwall. 1865

The area in the photograph is now covered by Clinton Road, Park Road and Albany Road, Redruth. According to the Ordnance Survey Six Inch map Cornwall LXIII. NE, surveyed 1877 to 1879, the mine is disused at that time. By the same OS area map Cornwall LXIII. NE Revised 1906, the whole are is covered in housing. The mine produced copper, as well as traces of cobalt and gold. Thomas Spargo states in his book, The Mines of Cornwall (1865), that "Wheal Sparnon was in the the parish of Redruth, Cornwall, in 6,000 shares. Secretary, Mr G.H. Cardozo, London. Purser, Mr W.P. Cardozo, Camborne. Manager, Captain Wm. Tregay, Redruth. Rocks, granite and clay-slate, 60 men employed in the mine, operations on the surface of which commenced in 1864. Land owner, Lord Clinton. Dues 1-20th. Depth of adit, 18 fathoms; depth under adit, 60 fathoms. A 70-inch pumping-engine just completed, also a 22-inch winding-engine. Little has been as yet been done by the Company under the surface; but it is generally believed that enormous quantities of tin will be raised after the mine has been cleared of water". Photographer: Probably Henry Opie.

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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. 29th August to 9th September 1884
Mending Nets, West Cornwall Fisheries Exhibition, Penzance, Cornwall. 29th August to 9th September 1884
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 Penkivel side, Cornwall
Malpas Ferry looking towards Ferryside Cottage and the Ferry House on the St Michael Penkivel side, Cornwall
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. Around 1870
Joseph Tangye (1826-1902) on a velocipede, probably Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Around 1870
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