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Great Western Hotel, Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Great Western Hotel, Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s


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Filename: TRURI-NWQfc-6.tiff

Size: 8152 x 6274 (7.0MB)

Date: 27th August 2019

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.415497, -5.073719

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Great Western Hotel, Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall. Early 1900s

A heavy circus waggon drawn by six horses outside the Great Western Hotel in Newquay. Possibly from the Bostock and Wombwell Menagerie. Two onloookers can be seen in the left foreground carrying large baskets. It appears to be raining. Photographer: Unknown

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TRURI : NWQfc.6

Media ID 19234079

© From the collection of the RIC

Horse Road Transport Vehicle Carnival


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Step back in time to the early 1900s with this print from the Royal Cornwall Museum. The scene captures the bustling atmosphere outside the Great Western Hotel on Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall. Amidst a gentle rain shower, a magnificent sight unfolds before our eyes - a heavy circus wagon drawn by six majestic horses dominates the frame. Speculations arise that this impressive spectacle might be linked to Bostock and Wombwell Menagerie, renowned for their exotic animal displays. As two intrigued onlookers carrying large baskets observe from the left foreground, one can only imagine their awe at witnessing such an extraordinary sight amidst everyday life. Transportation plays a significant role in this snapshot of history; it showcases how horse-drawn vehicles were once vital for both commerce and entertainment purposes. The image evokes nostalgia for an era when roads were traversed by these elegant creatures and their accompanying carriages. The charm of Cornish fairs and carnivals is beautifully encapsulated within this photograph. It transports us back to a time when communities gathered together to celebrate local traditions and revel in shared experiences. Although we may never know who precisely captured this remarkable moment frozen in time, we are grateful that it has been preserved for future generations to appreciate. Let your imagination wander as you delve into this enchanting glimpse of days gone by – where animals roamed freely through town streets while capturing hearts along the way.

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