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Background imageEditor's Picks: Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1831

Dolcoath Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1831
Engraving " Dolcoath Copper Mine" of 1831 from Cornwall Illustrated showing the 76" engine house with capstan alongside, together with a launder and bal maidens

Background imageEditor's Picks: Headland Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Headland Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A general view of the south side of the Headland Hotel Newquay. The Headland Hotel is a Grade II listed building. It was opened in June 1900

Background imageEditor's Picks: Levant Mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. 11th July 1894

Levant Mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. 11th July 1894
Tramming with a pit pony at the 278 fathoms main tramming level. Pit ponies were rarely used in Cornwall and until they were introduced at East Pool Mine during the First World War they were unique

Background imageEditor's Picks: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893. Group of Cornish miners at rest at the 310 level

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893. Group of Cornish miners at rest at the 310 level
Cornish miners at Croust time, at the 310 level. Miners enjoying their croust, having performed the first part of the days labour

Background imageEditor's Picks: Polzeath, St Minver, Cornwall. Late 1930s

Polzeath, St Minver, Cornwall. Late 1930s
Taken from the the south western side of Polzeath looking north easterly towards the main village area. Cars are parked on the beach with people enjoying a sunny summers day in the late 1930s

Background imageEditor's Picks: Tregaseal (Tregeseal) and the Foundry from Nancherrow Hill, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall

Tregaseal (Tregeseal) and the Foundry from Nancherrow Hill, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A general view of Tregaseal (Tregeseal) looking up the valley with the foundry buildings in the middle ground of the picture. Holmans Iron Foundry was built in 1834

Background imageEditor's Picks: Looking west down Truck Hill, Probus, Cornwall. 1900s

Looking west down Truck Hill, Probus, Cornwall. 1900s
A view from Fore Street, looking west down Truck Hill. A lady stands in the road holding a baby while two others pose for the camera

Background imageEditor's Picks: Tywarnhayle Mine, St Agnes, Cornwall. Around 1907

Tywarnhayle Mine, St Agnes, Cornwall. Around 1907
Three miners next to the centrifugal pump shaft. This was the first electric pump in Cornwall. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageEditor's Picks: Penny Farthing Cyclists, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1992

Penny Farthing Cyclists, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1992
Approaching the Bodinnick Ferry are these penny farthing cyclists en route for Plymouth to raise funds for Macmillan Nursing Charity

Background imageEditor's Picks: Harbour, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s

Harbour, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
View over the south harbour wall with boats at low tide. A steamer (or schooner) can be seen beyond Chapel Rock, also known as Peak Rock

Background imageEditor's Picks: Portrait of Hannah Rowett, Polperro, Cornwall. Around 1860

Portrait of Hannah Rowett, Polperro, Cornwall. Around 1860
Portrait of Hannah Rowett, born 1850, a cousin of Robert and Frank Rendle. Photographic print from the manuscript The History of Polperro by Thomas Q

Background imageEditor's Picks: GWR tank number 34 pictured with four men on the St Ives branch. Around 1905

GWR tank number 34 pictured with four men on the St Ives branch. Around 1905
The image shows GWR number 34 pictured with two unnamed men, Charlie Gould the fireman standing on the running plate and the driver Nickie Curnow standing with his feeder (oil can)

Background imageEditor's Picks: St Agnes, Cornwall. Around 1900

St Agnes, Cornwall. Around 1900
Unidentified schooners below winding gear in Trevaunance Harbour. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageEditor's Picks: Levant mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Late 1800s

Levant mine, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. Late 1800s
View of the Levant mine, looking towards Pendeen, before the building of the lighthouse. An old beam winding house can be seen in the centre foreground. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageEditor's Picks: William Matthews, champion Cornish wrestler. 1911

William Matthews, champion Cornish wrestler. 1911
William Matthews, champion wrestler (left) with an unknown man, thought perhaps to be Dave Emmett. Nicknamed Piper, Matthews is wearing the presentation belt he won in 1911

Background imageEditor's Picks: Porthleven, Cornwall. 1914-1918

Porthleven, Cornwall. 1914-1918
Porthleven fishermen in their boat by Newlyn Harbour wall. All aged over 70, they returned to fishing during the manpower shortage in the First World War. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageEditor's Picks: The ship, Bay of Panama, Falmouth, Cornwall. March 1891

The ship, Bay of Panama, Falmouth, Cornwall. March 1891
Four masted ship, wrecked on Nare Point, Falmouth in the great blizzard of 10 March 1891. She was bound from Calcutta to Dundee with 13000 bales of jute

Background imageEditor's Picks: Wreck of the French brigantine Angele of Boulogne, Doom bar, Padstow, Cornwall

Wreck of the French brigantine Angele of Boulogne, Doom bar, Padstow, Cornwall. Wrecked on 13th November 1911
A view of the wreck of the French brigantine Angele of Boulogne aground on Doom Bar with the hull beginning to break up. A report of the Inquest held at Minver Farm, St Enodoc

Background imageEditor's Picks: Trevone Bay, Padstow, Cornwall. Probably 1930s

Trevone Bay, Padstow, Cornwall. Probably 1930s
A view, looking towards Roundhole Point, of people on the beach. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageEditor's Picks: Surfers on the beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. 1920s

Surfers on the beach, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. 1920s
Eight surfers posing with boards on the beach. Retreat Rocks are in the background. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

Background imageEditor's Picks: Kynance Bay House, The Lizard, Landewednack, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Kynance Bay House, The Lizard, Landewednack, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A view of Kynance Bay House, located on the edge of Lizard village. The Victorian house was built in 1888. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageEditor's Picks: Porthtowan, Cornwall. Probably 1940s

Porthtowan, Cornwall. Probably 1940s
View across beach looking north. Eastcliffe Hall in the middle ground. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageEditor's Picks: Polruan, Lanteglos by Fowey Cornwall. 1904

Polruan, Lanteglos by Fowey Cornwall. 1904
This view of Polruan was taken from the window of Fowey Hotel and shows the village on the hillside with the Fowey Estuary in the foreground. A small sailing boat is amongst the vessels on the river

Background imageEditor's Picks: Mullion Cove (Porth Mellin), Mullion, Cornwall. 13th June 1908

Mullion Cove (Porth Mellin), Mullion, Cornwall. 13th June 1908
Fishermen with nets and lobster pots by an open boat on the beach. The older man is holding up a lobster for the photographer, while the younger man is seated on a pot and checking the nets

Background imageEditor's Picks: Tolvaddon Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Around 1900

Tolvaddon Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. Around 1900
Tuckingmill valley, around 1900, with Dolcoath dressing floors; Cook's Kitchen in foreground, North Roskear engine house on sky line on the left

Background imageEditor's Picks: Coverack harbour, St Keverne, Cornwall. 1908

Coverack harbour, St Keverne, Cornwall. 1908
A good view of the lower part of the village and the harbour, with the Life Boat Station and slip way clearly visible. Photographer: Herbert Hughes

Background imageEditor's Picks: Four fishermen, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s

Four fishermen, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
The four fishermen are, from left to right: James Curtis (grandfather of Emma Oliver), Jack Langmaid, William Rowe and William Oliver

Background imageEditor's Picks: Red House Restaurant and Donald Healeys Garage, Boscawen Road, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe

Red House Restaurant and Donald Healeys Garage, Boscawen Road, Perranporth, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. Around 1925
The Red House Restaurant and Donald Healey's Garage with a fully laden charabanc AF 3771 outside and three other vehicles including a small sports car and two motor bikes

Background imageEditor's Picks: Gold Lunulae and Axehead, Early Bronze Age, St Merryn, Cornwall

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

Background imageEditor's Picks: Trewirgie House, Redruth, Cornwall. 1896

Trewirgie House, Redruth, Cornwall. 1896
Two ladies, presumably members of the Jenkin family, standing in the porch

Background imageEditor's Picks: Wheelwright at Trenear, Wendron, Cornwall. Late 1800s

Wheelwright at Trenear, Wendron, Cornwall. Late 1800s
A wheelwright or wagon-maker shop in the late 19th century. Thomas Faull was a wheelwright in the Wendron Churchtown in 1873, and at Trenear from 1883. Photographer: Samuel John Govier

Background imageEditor's Picks: Ladock village, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Ladock village, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Ladock Village with the Chapel on the left and H. Kendall's shop ahead, with children playing in the street. Henry Kendall was a grocer and draper here in 1902

Background imageEditor's Picks: H.T.P. Motors Ltd, Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Taken before the the last section of the river was

H.T.P. Motors Ltd, Back Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Taken before the the last section of the river was covered over in 1938
Lorry number CV 5333 is parked on the Lemon Quay side of the River Kenwyn. H.T.P. Motors Ltd. later became the site of the Pannier Market. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageEditor's Picks: Captain Philip Richards house Riverside House Gweek, Cornwall. Possibly early 1910s

Captain Philip Richards house Riverside House Gweek, Cornwall. Possibly early 1910s
The house of Captain Philip Richards, built around 1890 and later called Riverside House, with an unidentified topsail schooner at the quay

Background imageEditor's Picks: Camborne Railway Station. 1920s

Camborne Railway Station. 1920s
Camborne Station in the early 1920s, including the splendid platform lamps, the flat awning of the down platform contrasting with the pitched version on the up side

Background imageEditor's Picks: East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893

East Pool Mine, Illogan, Cornwall. 1893
Under-hand stoping at the 170 level. The miner on the left is using a pick while to his right two pares are boring holes for blasting

Background imageEditor's Picks: Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s

Five little girls, Polperro, Cornwall. 1860-1870s
A group of five young girls, comprising two older girls, two toddlers and a baby. The second from the left is probably Jane Ann Libby

Background imageEditor's Picks: St Georges Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1883

St Georges Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1883
A view up St George's Road to Brunel's viaduct from the corner of Ferris Town. The premises of Eusebius Sutton, a beer retailer, can be seen on the corner of the street at 29 Ferris Town

Background imageEditor's Picks: Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900

Cornish wrestling group, Randfontein, Transvaal, South Africa. Around 1900
Cornish wrestlers, officials, trophies and prizes pictured outside what appears to be the Transvaal miner's sports clubhouse

Background imageEditor's Picks: Building the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1911

Building the HTP warehouse on Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1911
Warehouse being built for HTP (Hosken, Trevithick and Polkinhorn), who were agricultural and grain merchants. View of the frame of the building with scaffolding and gangs of workers

Background imageEditor's Picks: Tregolls House, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1900

Tregolls House, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1900
General view of house. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageEditor's Picks: Vivian Terrace, Falmouth Road, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 20th century

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

Background imageEditor's Picks: The Fourburrow Hunt at Tregothnan, Tresillian, Cornwall. Early 1900s

The Fourburrow Hunt at Tregothnan, Tresillian, Cornwall. Early 1900s
The Master, Mr. A. Wallis, leading the huntsmen and the hounds towards the Lodge gates. Tregothnan has been home to the Boscawen family since 1334

Background imageEditor's Picks: Firefighters, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. September 1991

Firefighters, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. September 1991
Lostwithiel firefighters gather for the retirement of three of their number in 1991. Standing, from left to right: Terry Sandercock, Karl Bowden, Francis Doney, Neil Savage, Malcolm Hicks

Background imageEditor's Picks: Mitchell Hill Terrace, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Mitchell Hill Terrace, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
View looking down Mitchell Hill Terrace in winter. Photographer: Arthur Philp

Background imageEditor's Picks: Point, Devoran, Feock, Cornwall. 1857

Point, Devoran, Feock, Cornwall. 1857
A watercolour by S.A.C.W. showing the lead smelting works at Point. Photographer: Unknown.

Background imageEditor's Picks: Furzupland, Kenwyn, Cornwall. Early 1900s

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

Background imageEditor's Picks: Fishing boats, Polperro, Cornwall. Possibly 1940s

Fishing boats, Polperro, Cornwall. Possibly 1940s
Polperro Harbour with fishing boats: FY185, FY20, FY30, FY52 and possibly FY12. Houses can be seen extending up the hillside/cliffside. Photographer: Unknown.



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