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Edward Heath Rodd, England. Around 1879
Edward Heath Rodd, England. Around 1879
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Duke of Cornwalls visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum to mark the bicentenary year of
Duke of Cornwalls visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum to mark the bicentenary year of
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The Victualling Office, Plymouth, Devon, from Mount Edgcumbe, Maker, Cornwall
The Victualling Office, Plymouth, Devon, from Mount Edgcumbe, Maker, Cornwall
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Workmen uncovering a group of cists at the excavation site of the Iron Age cemetery at
Workmen uncovering a group of cists at the excavation site of the Iron Age cemetery at
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Group at the excavation site of the Iron Age cemetery at Harlyn Bay, St Merryn, Cornwall
Group at the excavation site of the Iron Age cemetery at Harlyn Bay, St Merryn, Cornwall
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Excavation at Iron Age cemetery, Harlyn Bay, St Merryn, Cornwall. 1977
Excavation at Iron Age cemetery, Harlyn Bay, St Merryn, Cornwall. 1977
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Riflebird (Ptiloris), Queensland, Australia
Riflebird (Ptiloris), Queensland, Australia
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African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), Africa
African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), Africa
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Common Raven (Corvus corax) Skull, Probably Cornwall, England
Common Raven (Corvus corax) Skull, Probably Cornwall, England
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Brown Kiwi (Apteryx australis), South Island, New Zealand
Brown Kiwi (Apteryx australis), South Island, New Zealand
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Red-masked Parakeet (Psittacara erythrogenys), Ecuador or Peru, South America
Red-masked Parakeet (Psittacara erythrogenys), Ecuador or Peru, South America
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Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne), Buffelsdoorn Estate, Klerksdorp, South Africa
Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne), Buffelsdoorn Estate, Klerksdorp, South Africa
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The Victualling Office, Plymouth, Devon, from Mount Edgcumbe, Maker, Cornwall. 23rd September 1845 Featured Print

The Victualling Office, Plymouth, Devon, from Mount Edgcumbe, Maker, Cornwall. 23rd September 1845

Fox Talbot sun picture or Talbotype view from Mount Edgcumbe looking over to the Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon. The image shows a gentleman looking through a telescope and three ladies standing beside some cannon. The gentleman in the picture is possible Captain Corry and members of the Edgcumbe family. William Henry Fox Talbot's sister, Lady Caroline Augusta was married to the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe and he was staying there when the photograph was taken on 23rd September 1845. This is one of the earliest photographs taken in Cornwall and is the first photograph to be used as an illustration in a periodical. It is contained in The Art Journal, Volume 8, 1846, to illustrate a description of Fox Talbot's process of using sunlight on sensitised paper to create multiple copies of an image and it was a start of photo-journalism. Photographer: William Henry Fox Talbot

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Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus), New South Wales, Australia
Regent Bowerbird (Sericulus chrysocephalus), New South Wales, Australia
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Tonacombe Manor, Morwenstow, Cornwall. 1958
Tonacombe Manor, Morwenstow, Cornwall. 1958
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South Island Giant Moa (Dinornis robustus) Right Leg, Castle Hill Station, Canterbury
South Island Giant Moa (Dinornis robustus) Right Leg, Castle Hill Station, Canterbury
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Duke of Cornwall views the Treffry Gallery during his visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum
Duke of Cornwall views the Treffry Gallery during his visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum
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Duke of Cornwall views geology collections during a visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum to
Duke of Cornwall views geology collections during a visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum to
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Lambessow, St Clement, Cornwall. Probably 1923
Lambessow, St Clement, Cornwall. Probably 1923
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Lambessow, St Clement, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 1923
Lambessow, St Clement, Truro, Cornwall. Probably 1923
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The Truro town Mayor and others at the opening of Worths Quay, Truro, Cornwall
The Truro town Mayor and others at the opening of Worths Quay, Truro, Cornwall
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Stone mortar excavated at Iron Age cemetery, Harlyn Bay, St Merryn, Cornwall. 1968
Stone mortar excavated at Iron Age cemetery, Harlyn Bay, St Merryn, Cornwall. 1968
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Limekiln, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. 1980
Limekiln, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. 1980
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The Museum, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. May 1991
The Museum, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. May 1991
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Freemasons Hall, formerly the Convocation Hall of the Duchy Palace, Quay Street
Freemasons Hall, formerly the Convocation Hall of the Duchy Palace, Quay Street
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Limekiln, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. 1980 Featured Print

Limekiln, Quay Street, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. 1980

A general view of the limekiln. The Grade II listed limekiln is thought to date from the early-mid 19th century. Building work is underway and the store and office to the left are being converted into a house. The kiln in the photograph is termed a draw kiln, usually of stone structure. The chalk or limestone was layered with wood, coal or coke and lit. As it burned through, lime was extracted from the bottom of the kiln, through the draw hole. These are the three arches to the right of the houses being converted. The kilns were loaded at the top and access to load was usually by a ramped track or, as in this case, probably just a track as the kilns are built into the side of rising ground at the rear. Early on, the coal and lime stone would be delivered to the harbour by ship, but as the industrial revolution and and railways spread it is likely that coal and lime stone arrived by rail. Kilns made 25-30 tonnes of lime in a batch. Typically the kiln took a day to load, three days to fire, two days to cool and a day to unload, so a one-week turnaround was normal. Because it is so readily made by heating limestone, lime must have been known from the earliest times and all early civilisations used it in building mortars and as a stabiliser in mud renders and floors. Knowledge of its value in agriculture is also ancient, but agricultural use only became widely possible when the use of coal lowered the cost. Photographer: Charles Woolf

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Stanbury House, Morwenstow, Cornwall. 1958
Stanbury House, Morwenstow, Cornwall. 1958
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Restormel Castle, Lanlivery Parish, Cornwall. 1914
Restormel Castle, Lanlivery Parish, Cornwall. 1914
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Lambessow, St Clement, Cornwall. Probably 1923
Lambessow, St Clement, Cornwall. Probably 1923
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