During 2021 we visited many amazing locations around all around Cornwall, places that are rich in Cornish history. Whilst exploring we have captured some images that have a story to tell...
Built in 1435 the old quay in Newlyn is a medieval quay and was the final port of the famous mayflower on its voyage to America, stopping of to pick up fresh water. Built to protect the harbour from wild sees and even wilder pirates, over the centuries Newlyn and neighbouring Penzance were victims of countless pirate raids, continuing until the late 1800’s. The old quay is no longer in use for commercial fishing as Newlyn has expanded its harbour and become one of the largest working harbours in the UK.
Perched high on the rugged cliffs of Chapel Porth beach near St Agnes with far reaching ocean views stand the remains of Wheal Coates tin mine, this image is taken from inside one of many crumbling stone buildings. One of the most iconic mining sites in Cornwall. The mine was built to extract a seam of ore that was running under the sea bed. Opened in 1802 and employing around 140 workers it was in operation until closing down in 1889.
Lizard lifeboat station
Peeking out through a window of an abandoned-out building, this picture is of the old life boat house at Polpeor Cove, Lizard point. First coming into operation in 1914 and remaining in service until 1961 before the new bigger, better equipped station at Kilcobben took over. This is the most Southerly point on mainland Britain and boasts breath-taking coastal scenery. Now it stands unmanned and open all of the elements of the Atlantic Ocean.
St Michaels mount
St Michaels Mount is situated 100 metres off the coast of Marazion, you will need to time the tide just right to be able to access the footpath that leads to the island were the medieval castle sits. This picture was taken back into the countryside of castle gate a few minutes' drive from Marazion. Once the tide comes in the only way to get to and from the castle is by boat (But we think this is father fun!). St Michaels Mount is an iconic location filled with history, myths and legends and with so many levels to explore, this is a great one for the kids!
Sennen round house
The round house in Sennen cove was originally a capstan house constructed in 1876 with its footings almost touching the Atlantic Ocean, originally built to house the man powered capstan wheel which was used to winch boats up and down the slipway. It started a new lease of life in 1983 when it was turned into an art gallery which displays the finest artwork, sculptures and ceramics by the district's best artists.
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