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East Looe, Cornwall. Probably 1870s

East Looe, Cornwall. Probably 1870s


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Filename: TRURI-LOOhs-52.tiff

Size: 8690 x 5781 (52MB)

Date: 17th May 2016

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.356227, -4.455232

© From the collection of the RIC

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East Looe, Cornwall. Probably 1870s

View over East Looe and quay from North Road, probably taken in the 1870s due to the absence of the Guildhall building. Loading gantry and shipping with what appears to mounds of (possibly) ore on the quay. Photographer: Surgeon Captain John Campbell

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TRURI : LOOhs.52

Media ID 12102170

© From the collection of the RIC

Boats Sailing Victorian


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print takes us back in time to the picturesque town of East Looe, Cornwall, during the late 1870s. The view captured from North Road showcases a bustling scene that beautifully encapsulates the essence of this Victorian era coastal settlement. Intriguingly absent from the landscape is the iconic Guildhall building, allowing us to confidently date this image to its probable timeframe. As we explore further, our eyes are drawn towards the quay where an array of sailing boats and ships can be seen gracefully docked. The loading gantry stands tall against the backdrop of a vibrant sky, hinting at a flurry of activity taking place on this busy port. Our curiosity piques as we notice mounds upon mounds of what could possibly be ore carefully arranged along the quay's edge. It is evident that Surgeon Captain John Campbell possessed not only medical expertise but also an undeniable talent for capturing moments frozen in time through his lens. His keen eye has allowed us to glimpse into a bygone era filled with maritime commerce and trade. As we immerse ourselves in this remarkable photograph, it becomes clear that it holds more than just historical significance; it transports us back to a simpler time when life revolved around these charming Cornish shores.

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