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Old house thought to be in, or near, East Looe, Cornwall. Around 1880s

Old house thought to be in, or near, East Looe, Cornwall. Around 1880s


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Filename: TRURI-LOOud-4.tiff

Size: 8712 x 5848 (51MB)

Date: 30th September 2019

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.356227, -4.455232

© From the collection of the RIC

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Old house thought to be in, or near, East Looe, Cornwall. Around 1880s

Unidentified house with a woman looking over the garden wall, and a barn in the background. Photographer: Surgeon Captain John Campbell

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TRURI : LOOud.4

Media ID 19329733

© From the collection of the RIC

Building Cottage Farms Gate Housing Vernacular Architecture Victorian Ramshackle Rural Life Tumbledown


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print from the late 1880s showcases a slice of rural life in or near East Looe, Cornwall. The image captures an unidentified old house that exudes both charm and mystery. With its ramshackle appearance and tumbledown structure, this Victorian-era cottage stands as a testament to the vernacular architecture prevalent during that time. In the foreground, a woman can be seen peering over the garden wall, her gaze filled with curiosity and perhaps a touch of nostalgia. Behind her lies an expansive barn, serving as a reminder of the importance of farming in this Cornish community. Photographed by Surgeon Captain John Campbell, this snapshot offers us a glimpse into the past—a moment frozen in time where we can imagine what life was like for those who resided within these weathered walls. The worn-down gate at the entrance suggests years of use and countless comings and goings. While many may view this scene as dilapidated or run-down, it holds an undeniable beauty—an ode to simpler times when cottages like these were common sights across Cornwall's countryside. As we admire this photograph from Royal Cornwall Museum's collection, we are transported back to an era defined by hard work, resilience, and close-knit communities—where homes were built to withstand generations yet still retain their rustic allure.

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