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Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 1920s

Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 1920s


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Filename: TRURI-TRUqbf-20.tiff

Size: 8457 x 6134 (53MB)

Date: 18th July 2016

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.263195, -5.051041

© From the collection of the RIC

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Back Quay and Lemon Quay, Truro, Cornwall. Probably early 1920s

A view from Lemon Bridge with the River Kenwyn at high tide. Truro school stands on the hill in the background. Sailing barges, one with wooden square engine housing towards the stern, are alongside both quays while another is moored mid stream. The boys in the foreground, on the steps, and the one walking along Back Quay on the left are wearing shorts. Signage for the premises of N. Gill & Son and John Julian can be seen. To the right, on the corner of Tabernacle Street, the sun is shining on a Pratts motor spirit advertisement. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

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TRURI : TRUqbf.20

Media ID 12329580

© From the collection of the RIC

Carriage Edwardian Harbour Horse


EDITORS COMMENTS
Transporting us back in time to the early 1920s, this print captures the picturesque scene of Back Quay and Lemon Quay in Truro, Cornwall. From the vantage point of Lemon Bridge, we are treated to a breathtaking view of the River Kenwyn at high tide. Standing proudly on the hill in the background is Truro school, its presence adding an air of elegance and history to this charming coastal town. The quaysides are bustling with activity as sailing barges gracefully line both quays. One barge catches our attention with its unique wooden square engine housing towards the stern, showcasing a blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern innovation. Another barge rests peacefully mid-stream, creating a serene contrast against the lively atmosphere. Intriguingly dressed boys can be spotted in various parts of this snapshot; some stand on steps while others stroll along Back Quay wearing shorts - a testament to their carefree spirit amidst their surroundings. Signage for N. Gill & Son and John Julian establishments adds character to these historic streets. Notably illuminated by sunlight on Tabernacle Street's corner is an advertisement for Pratts motor spirit - a reminder that even then, commerce thrived alongside natural beauty. This remarkable photograph was skillfully captured by Arthur William Jordan, allowing us today to appreciate Edwardian-era charm intertwined with Cornish maritime heritage. A true treasure from Royal Cornwall Museum.

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