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Pentewan harbour and village, St Austell, Cornwall. Late 1800s

Pentewan harbour and village, St Austell, Cornwall. Late 1800s


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Pentewan harbour and village, St Austell, Cornwall. Late 1800s

A view of part of the harbour and the village main street. The schooner James Postlethwaite lies alongside in the harbour. A group of women and children stand outside of R.W. Stephens, Ship Chandler, shop looking towards the camera, as do other people along the street. Pentewan harbour was linked, by a narrow gauge railway, to St Austell where china clay was loaded and transported to Pentewan for shipping to Europe. The photograph is probably taken from near the old Coast Guard station above the harbour entrance. Photographer: Unknown

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Media ID 18277709

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Coast Edwardian Quay Ship Transport Victorian Water


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This print takes us back in time to the late 1800s, capturing a picturesque scene of Pentewan harbour and village in St Austell, Cornwall. The image showcases a bustling harbor with the majestic schooner James Postlethwaite docked alongside. Standing outside R. W. Stephens, Ship Chandler shop are a group of women and children, their curious gazes directed towards the camera. Along the main street, other people can be seen going about their daily activities. Pentewan harbour played a vital role in transporting china clay from St Austell to Europe during this era. A narrow gauge railway connected these two locations, facilitating the loading of precious cargo onto ships bound for international waters. The photograph is believed to have been taken near the old Coast Guard station above the entrance to the harbor, offering an elevated perspective that captures both land and sea elements seamlessly. Although we do not know who precisely captured this remarkable moment frozen in time, it serves as a testament to Cornish history and its close ties with maritime trade. This vintage print evokes feelings of nostalgia for simpler times when coastal communities thrived on commerce and relied heavily on ships as their lifeline to distant shores. It stands as a valuable piece of Victorian and Edwardian heritage that allows us to glimpse into Cornwall's rich past while appreciating its natural beauty along the quay's edge where land meets water.

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