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June 26, 2021

40 Amazing Photographs Capture Everyday Life of St. Ives From the Late 19th Century

Incorporated by Royal Charter in 1639, St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, England. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea.

In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing. The decline in fishing, however, caused a shift in commercial emphasis, and the town is now primarily a popular seaside resort.

These amazing photos from malcolm osman that documented life of St. Ives in the 1890s.

Looking down Tregenna Hill toward Tregenna Place, St. Ives, Cornwall

A busy scene in the harbour showing the seine boats offloading their catch of pilchards, which were then taken by horse and cart to the fish cellars for processing, St. Ives, Cornwall

A fisherman makes his way along Virgin Street, St. Ives, Cornwall

A group of pilchard processing workers outside a fish cellar or "fish palace" somewhere in the back streets of St. Ives, Cornwall

A view across the harbour showing Smeaton's Pier and lighthouse, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view from the east showing Porthminster beach, Pedn-Olva mine engine house and the harbour, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view looking down Barnoon Hill toward the town. The entrance to Ayr Lane can be seen on the right, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view looks up Bunkers Hill from Fore Street. On the wall can be seen rays that have been pegged out to dry in the sun. When salted this was known locally as "toe-rag", St. Ives, Cornwall

A view mid-way along Fore Street, just opposite the former premises of Woolworths, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of a seine boat off-loading fish into a horse-drawn cart, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of Ayr manor house, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of Carbis Bay (Carrack Gladden) before very much development is in evidence. The first hotels have appeared though and beach hunt/tents can be seen on the beach itself, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of Smeaton's Pier at high water. The Pedn Olva mine engine house can be clearly seen as well as the Malakoff (the disused engine house was used an artists studio for a period), St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of Smeaton's Pier at low tide with a couple of local lads, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the "town beach" adjacent to Smeaton's Pier. Boat repairs/maintenance were often carried out here, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the activity around the slipway, with the barrels awaiting their turn to be packed with fish and then transported away on waiting carts, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the boat-filled harbour and foresand showing the bustling activity connected with the fishing industry, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the Digey with donkey cart. Hicks Court, with its famous granite arch is just off to the left, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the entrance to Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the market place, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the Parish Church of St. Ia and its sturdy granite tower. To the left is the Star Inn (long since demolished), St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the rear of the Halsetown Inn, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the town and harbour. The track at the station appears to be broad gauge, the St. Erth branch line was the very last broad gauge line to be built, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the town from Park Avenue, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the town from where the bus station is now located, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the town taken from where the large car park is now situated, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the Warren, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the well known granite arch that leads into Hicks Court from the Digey, St. Ives, Cornwall

A view of the wharf with some fisherman occupied with a task at a crude bench/table, St. Ives, Cornwall

Much activity in the harbour with the arrival and unloading of a seine boat, St. Ives, Cornwall

Somewhere in the maze of streets 'Downalong'. The occupier of the building on the right is A.J. Pazolt (Alfred Joseph Pazolt). He was a marine artist, St. Ives, Cornwall

The "Pudding Bag Lane" (Capel Court), St. Ives, Cornwall

The great flood of 1894. A view looking south east up 'The Terrace', St. Ives, Cornwall

The great flood of November 1894. Looking down Tregenna Hill toward Tregenna Place, St. Ives, Cornwall

The great flood of November 1894. Taken from the Royal Square looking west up the Stennack, St. Ives, Cornwall

The old manor house of the Stephens family located in Tregenna Place. It was also the shipping office of the Hain Steamship company at one time, St. Ives, Cornwall

The wharf near the slipway. The Sloop Inn is clearly visible off to the right and also the premises that would later become Hart's Ice Cream Parlour, St. Ives, Cornwall

Tregenna Castle, St. Ives, Cornwall

Unloading one of the seine boats in the harbour, St. Ives, Cornwall

Virgin Street, with the locals posed outside of their dwellings, St. Ives, Cornwall




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