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Background imageChains Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. September 1902

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. September 1902
A view of the quarry face showing workers sitting on a granite block weighing an estimated 2, 738 tons. It was claimed to be the largest single block ever quarried

Background imageChains Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of Polkanuggo Quarry with steam traction engine BETA No 483 and workers posing for the camera. The traction engine was made around June 1885 by John Fowler of Leeds

Background imageChains Collection: Quarry in Mabe or Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Quarry in Mabe or Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A view of the quarry face showing two workers with sledge hammers standing by a granite block that is being dressed. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageChains Collection: Freeman & Sons dressing floor, probably Penryn, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Freeman & Sons dressing floor, probably Penryn, Cornwall. 1903-1904
Classical granite columns on the dressing floor of Freeman & Sons works. The man pictured is either Bernard Freeman or his brother. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageChains Collection: Transporting granite blocks for King Alfreds statue to Penryn Station, Penryn, Cornwall. 1901

Transporting granite blocks for King Alfreds statue to Penryn Station, Penryn, Cornwall. 1901
Fowler traction engines 7974 and 9016 are pictured hauling blocks of granite from one of the Mabe quarries to Penryn Station, for onward transportation by train to Winchester, Hampshire

Background imageChains Collection: Tresahor Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Tresahor Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of the quarry with the crane used for moving the granite blocks. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageChains Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. Around 1900

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. Around 1900
A view of the quarry face showing workers holding the tools of their trade while dressing stones. Blocks of granite are ready to be moved using the cranes based at the edge of the quarry

Background imageChains Collection: Maen Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Maen Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of the quarry with the crane used for moving the granite blocks. A number men can be seen with cut blocks at the foot of the quarry face. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection

Background imageChains Collection: Bosahan Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Bosahan Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
General view of the quarry with men standing by cut granite blocks and the crane used for moving the blocks. Two men are standing either side of a horse and cart

Background imageChains Collection: Maen Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. Around 1900

Maen Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. Around 1900
A view of the quarry face showing workers holding the tools of their trade while dressing stones. Blocks of granite are ready to be moved using the crane. Photographer: Samuel John Govier

Background imageChains Collection: Opening ceremony of the Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall. 11th June 1919

Opening ceremony of the Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall. 11th June 1919
Group photograph, taken on the balcony, at the opening ceremony of the museum on 11th June 1919. John Charles Williams of Caerhays

Background imageChains Collection: Looking up the slipway to the capstan, Porthgwarra, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Looking up the slipway to the capstan, Porthgwarra, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A view of fishing boats on the slipway looking towards the capstan in working order. The semi-natural caves can be seen to the right. Photographer: Possibly Herbert Hughes

Background imageChains Collection: Beating the Waterbounds, Truro, Cornwall. 1st August 1911

Beating the Waterbounds, Truro, Cornwall. 1st August 1911
Beating the Waterbounds, on the river boundary. The ceremony also includes the arrest for a debt which may be taking place in the front of this image

Background imageChains Collection: Mayor Making, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. May 1992

Mayor Making, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. May 1992
The new mayor of Lostwithiel, Warren Nicholls, with his wife Helen, after the Mayor Making ceremony held in the Guildhall. The mayor opted to hold his reception in the Community Centre

Background imageChains Collection: Beating the Waterbounds, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Beating the Waterbounds, Truro, Cornwall. Early 1900s
Beating the Waterbounds, on the river boundary. The ceremony also includes the re-cutting of the letters T B on the boundary stones at Tarra Point and Messack Point by the Mayor

Background imageChains Collection: A group of children with fishing vessels at St Ives harbour, Cornwall. Early 1900s

A group of children with fishing vessels at St Ives harbour, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A group of young children consisting of four girls and four boys posed by two fishing vessels with the inner lighthouse on Smeatons pier in the background. Photographer: Unknown


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