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Merther Lane, St Michael Penkivel, Cornwall. Early 1900s

Merther Lane, St Michael Penkivel, Cornwall. Early 1900s


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Filename: TRURI-MCPgv-34.tiff

Size: 8362 x 5944 (13.9MB)

Date: 1st April 2019

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.240077, -5.004899

© From the collection of the RIC

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Merther Lane, St Michael Penkivel, Cornwall. Early 1900s

The road side view of the school at Merther Lane with a small thatched cottage next door. The school was built in 1889 to serve the parishes of St Michael Penkivel, Lamorran and Merther. The building is now the village hall. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

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TRURI : MCPgv.34

Media ID 18840911

© From the collection of the RIC

Education Penkevil Schooling Thatch


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This print from the early 1900s takes us back in time to Merther Lane, a quaint village nestled in St Michael Penkivel, Cornwall. The focus of this snapshot is the charming road side view of the local school, which was built in 1889 with the purpose of serving not only St Michael Penkivel but also Lamorran and Merther parishes. Standing proudly next to the school is a small thatched cottage, exuding an air of rustic simplicity. The photographer behind this evocative image is none other than Arthur William Jordan, who skillfully captured the essence of rural Cornish life during this era. Today, it's fascinating to note that what once served as a hub for education has been transformed into a vital community space - now functioning as the village hall. This photograph provides us with a glimpse into an important chapter in Cornish history - showcasing both architectural heritage and educational development within these picturesque surroundings. It serves as a reminder of how schooling played an integral role in shaping communities during those times. As we admire this piece from Royal Cornwall Museum's collection, let us appreciate its significance beyond commercial use; instead focusing on its ability to transport us back to simpler times when education and thatched cottages were at the heart of village life in Cornwall.

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