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A Beached Whale At Porthleven

Three men are examining a dead whale on the beach at Porthleven

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A Branwell Family Pet

A photograph of an unknown dog, a dark-haired Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, sitting on a small circular table with a white background.

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A British Airways Helicopter G-BDES, The S61N On An Outward Flight To The Isles of Scilly

No records exist for this aircraft, S61N G BDES. Its maiden flight was on 7 August 1962. It was optimised for overwater operations by retaining floats. It was used between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly for many years.

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A Bromine Wagon On The Hayle Wharves Branch

Bromine wagons were seen regularly on the Hayle Wharves branch line. Adjacent to the Power Station on Hayle Wharves was the works of Associated Octel built in 1939 for the extraction of Bromide from sea water which was used in the manufacture of octane boosters for aviation fuel and motor gasoline. The works closed in 1973. The Hayle Wharves branch closed in April 1981. In 2012 a new road bridge was built to cope with the traffic associated with the offshore wind turbine project.

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A Bromine Wagon On The Hayle Wharves Branch

Bromine wagons were seen regularly on the Hayle Wharves branch line. Adjacent to the Power Station on Hayle Wharves was the works of Associated Octel built in 1939 for the extraction of Bromide from sea water which was used in the manufacture of octane boosters for aviation fuel and motor gasoline. The works closed in 1973. The Hayle Wharves branch closed in April 1981. In 2012 a new road bridge was built to cope with the traffic associated with the offshore wind turbine project.

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A Canon From St Mary's Church, Penzance

Mounted photograph of a Canon who has not yet been identified.

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A Carnival Float In Banks Square, St Just

This is the lifeboat float for a carnival or special event standing in Bank Square, St Just in Penwith. Boat 93 is being drawn by one beautifully groomed shire horse with a driver standing on the shafts, 4 crew and a young sailor. The Royal Standard is at the stern, the Union Flag at the front. A notice declares ‘Liverpool across the Atlantic’. Bystanders are neatly dressed.

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A Carte De Visite of An Unknown Gentlemen

A carte de visite (oval photograph) of an unknown gentlemen wearing a bow tie. Below left would be printed 'Robt. H. Preston' and to the bottom right 'Penzance', but the mount has been cut down in size. On the reverse the Preston emblem is printed - 'ROBT. H. PRESTON. Photographer TO THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES. PENZANCE'

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A Carte De Visite of An Unknown Lady

A carte de visite (oval photograph) of an unknown lady. Below left is printed 'Robt. H. Preston' and to the bottom right 'Penzance'. On the reverse the Preston emblem is printed - 'ROBT. H. PRESTON. Photographer TO THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES. PENZANCE'

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A Carte De Visite of Elizabeth Branwell

A carte de visite (oval photograph) of Elizabeth Branwell, nee Tyack, who lived at Penlee House. She was the wife of John Richards Branwell. Below left is printed 'Robt. H. Preston' and to the bottom right 'Penzance'. On the reverse the Preston emblem is printed - 'ROBT. H. PRESTON. Photographer TO THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES. PENZANCE'

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A Carte De Visite of Henry Thomas

A carte de visite (oval photograph) of Henry Thomas, son-in-law of JR and Elizabeth Branwell, who lived at Penlee House. He married Laura ('Lolo), eldest daughter of the Branwells' but they later separated, with Laura returning to live at Penlee House with her son, Herbert Thomas. On the reverse the Preston emblem is printed - 'ROBT. H. PRESTON. Photographer TO THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES. PENZANCE'

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A Carte De Visite of J R Branwell

A carte de visite (oval photograph) of John Richards Branwell, who lived at Penlee House. Below left is printed 'Robt. H. Preston' and to the bottom right 'Penzance'. On the reverse the Preston elblem is printed - 'ROBT. H. PRESTON. Photographer TO THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES. PENZANCE'

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A Carte De Visite of John Branwell

A carte de visite (oval photograph) of John Branwell, eldest son of JR and Elizabeth Branwell, who lived at Penlee House. He went to live at Teignmouth in 1906 after marrying Elizabeth Pollard, the daughter of a Penzance shopkeeper. By this time, his parents had both died and he had little contact with the rest of the family, after falling out with his father over the match. Below left is printed 'Robt. H. Preston' and to the bottom right 'Penzance'. On the reverse the Preston emblem is printed - 'ROBT. H. PRESTON. Photographer TO THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES. PENZANCE'

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A Carte De Visite of Laura Thomas

A carte de visite (oval photograph) of Laura Thomas, nee Branwell, eldest daughter of Alfred and Elizabeth Branwell, who lived at Penlee House. Below left is printed 'Robt. H. Preston' and to the bottom right 'Penzance'. On the reverse the Preston emblem is printed - 'ROBT. H. PRESTON. Photographer TO THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES. PENZANCE'

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A Castle Class Engine Hauls The Paddington To Penzance Sleeper Train Across The Hayle Viaduct

A Castle Class engine hauls the Paddington to Penzance sleeper train across Hayle Viaduct, the only viaduct to cross the old A30 twice. 171 Castle Class engines were built between 1923 and 1950. Some were rebuilds of Churchward famous Star Class engines dating from 1906 and 1911. The Great Bear, Great Western's only 4-6-2 dates from 1908. A number of these engines are preserved. Standard 8 cars KCV 828 were in use about 1948.

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A Celebration of Sand, Sea And Pasties

This photograph was taken for the local tourism guide and shows a family enjoying home made pasties on their outing to the beach

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A Celebratory Gathering At The Re-opening of Crows An Wra Methodist Church

A celebratory gathering at the re-opening of Crows an Wra Methodist Church following redecoration in 1951. The foundation stone was laid on 2 May 1902. Best Cornish granite was offered as a gift for the building by Mr N T Williams.

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A Charles Breaker Painting of A Painting At Newlyn

During the 1960s, artist Charles Breaker together with Marjorie Mort and Edward Hillier ran a summer art school based on Newlyn's Old Quay. A vibrant, exciting artist, Charles Breaker painted with vitality and vivacity. The artist's easel pictured here is typical of his genre. His home overlooked Penzance Harbour and he was a familiar sight around the town with his white hair and beautiful cardigans.

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A Children's Christmas Party In Lanisley Hall, Gulval

A children's Christmas party in Lanisley Hall, Gulval, with Canon Buckley and Father Christmas. Eight of the children are named on file.

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A Children's Christmas Party In Lanisley Hall, Gulval

A children's Christmas party in Lanisley Hall, Gulval, with Canon Buckley and Father Christmas. Many of the children are identified in the file attached.

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A Children's Christmas Party In The British Legion, 1952

In the centre are seated Mrs Lilian Garstin, President, Councillor J F W Bennetts, his wife and Mrs Richards, Chairman of the Ladies Branch of the British Legion who had survived the Titanic. The Sowden twins are on the top right with Gwennie Crow two behind the Bennetts.

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A Children's Christmas Party In The British Legion, 1952

In the centre are seated Mrs Lilian Garstin, President, Councillor J F W Bennetts, his wife and Mrs Richards, Chairman of the Ladies Branch of the British Legion who had survived the Titanic. The Sowden twins are on the top right with Gwennie Crow two behind the Bennetts.

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A Children's Christmas Party In The British Legion,1952

In the centre are seated Mrs Lilian Garstin, President, Councillor J F W Bennetts, his wife and Mrs Richards, Chairman of the Ladies Branch of the British Legion who had survived the Titanic. The Sowden twins are on the top right with Gwennie Crow two behind the Bennetts.

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A Children's Christmas Party In The Royal British Legion, 1952

In the centre are seated Mrs Lilian Garstin who was the President, Councillor J F W Bennetts, his wife and Mrs Richards, Chairman of the Ladies Branch of the British Legion who had survived the Titanic. The Sowden twins are on the top right with Gwennie Crow two behind the Bennetts.

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A Churchward 2-6-0 Mogul Engine Attached To The Penzance Breakdown Train At Long Rock Shed Near Penzance

342 Churchward 2-6-0 Mogul engines were built between 1911 and 1932. It is suggested that this is a 53xx engine numbered prior to 5382 as detailed alterations took place from that number.

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