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Fore Street, looking north towards the town hall clock tower, East Looe, Cornwall. 2nd June 1904

Fore Street, looking north towards the town hall clock tower, East Looe, Cornwall. 2nd June 1904


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Filename: TRURI-LOOel-1.tiff

Size: 6242 x 8151 (52MB)

Date: 12th May 2016

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.356227, -4.455232

© From the collection of the RIC

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Fore Street, looking north towards the town hall clock tower, East Looe, Cornwall. 2nd June 1904

A man and two boys are standing next to a horse and cart parked on the pavement. Beach spades are for sale hanging on a shop doorway. There is a hanging sign for W&A Gilbeys wines and spirits. Photographer: Herbert Hughes

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TRURI : LOOel.1

Media ID 12083106

© From the collection of the RIC


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print takes us back in time to the picturesque town of East Looe, Cornwall, on a sunny day in June 1904. The scene depicts Fore Street, a bustling thoroughfare that stretches into the distance, offering a glimpse of the iconic town hall clock tower. In this snapshot of history, we see three figures standing next to a horse-drawn cart parked on the pavement. A man and two boys appear engrossed in conversation or perhaps admiring their trusty steed. The presence of this traditional mode of transport reminds us of an era when horsepower ruled the streets. As our eyes wander further along Fore Street, we notice beach spades hanging enticingly from a shop doorway. This simple yet charming detail hints at the leisurely activities enjoyed by locals and visitors alike during summer days spent exploring East Looe's sandy shores. The photograph also captures an advertisement for W&A Gilbeys wines and spirits swinging above another establishment. This sign serves as a reminder that even amidst everyday life, indulgence was never too far away for those seeking refreshment or celebration. Preserved through time by photographer Herbert Hughes' lens, this image offers us a rare window into East Looe's past—a moment frozen forever in sepia tones. It invites us to reflect upon how much has changed over more than a century while marveling at how some aspects endure—like community connections and cherished traditions that continue to shape Cornwall's rich heritage today.

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