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Broad Street, Launceston, Cornwall. 1959

Broad Street, Launceston, Cornwall. 1959


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Filename: TRURI-LUNtn-11a.tiff

Size: 5971 x 5957 (35.6MB)

Date: 30th October 2018

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.640134, -4.358558

© RIC, photographer Charles Woolf

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Broad Street, Launceston, Cornwall. 1959

A view of shops on the corner of Broad Street and Church Gate Street including, amongst others, a hairdresser, shoe shop, Blake & Son, Millbay laundry, Orange tea rooms. Four children are in the street including a boy wearing goggles on a tricycle and a girl in a party dress with a dolls pram. Photographer: Charles Woolf

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TRURI : LUNtn.11a

Media ID 18077347

© RIC, photographer Charles Woolf

Businesses Greenham Joyce Towns Childrens Toys Commercial Buildings


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print takes us back to the charming streets of Launceston, Cornwall in 1959. The image captures a bustling scene on the corner of Broad Street and Church Gate Street, where various shops line the sidewalks. Among them, we can spot a hairdresser's salon, a shoe shop, Blake & Son store, Millbay laundry service, and Orange tea rooms. However, what truly brings this snapshot to life are the four children scattered across the street. A young boy wearing goggles sits confidently on his tricycle as he explores his surroundings with curiosity. Meanwhile, a little girl dressed in an exquisite party dress gently pushes her doll's pram along the pavement. Photographer Charles Woolf has masterfully frozen this moment in time for us to appreciate not only the architectural beauty of these historic commercial buildings but also glimpse into Cornish culture during that era. The image evokes nostalgia for simpler times when towns like Launceston were vibrant centers of community life. The details captured within this photograph offer glimpses into both children's toys and fashion trends at that time—showcasing how joyous playtime was even amidst daily routines. This remarkable piece from Royal Cornwall Museum serves as a reminder of our rich heritage while inviting viewers to reflect upon their own memories tied to similar scenes from their pasts.

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