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Zennor Quoit, Zennor, Cornwall.

A photograph of the stones forming the Zennor Quoit, after the capstone slipped from the supporting stones. According to 'Journey to the Stones' by Ian Cooke (1993): "Borlase sketched the quoit in its entirety before the 9.5 ton capstone slipped from the supporting stones - probably caused by treasure seekers digging around its base in the 18th century. In 1861, the Cornishman reported that a farmer was 're-arranging' the stones to make a cattle shelter. Reverend William Borlase (great-grandson of the aforementioned) remedied the situation, paying 5 shillings to restore what he could".

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Zennor Cromlech

Postcard of Zennor Cromlech

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Zennor Churchtown

By 2013, the buildings to the left have become a Farm Museum; the field to its right is a car park with a hostel and café; the Church still has the ‘Mermaid’ bench; and a one way system discourages traffic.

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Zennor Church, Cornwall

Famous for its bench end, reputedly over 600 years old, with the carving of the Mermaid of Zennor, this is the Parish Church of St Senara. Part of the building is Norman; it is partly 13th century with the North Aisle being 15th century. The octagonal font may be 13th century.

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You Are Never Too Old To Play In The Snow!

Snow is such a rarity in West Cornwall that Harry Penhaul found it worthwhile to photograph it. Here on North Road, the main route from St Just to Penzance, people had to shovel the snow to make way for essential traffic. Here, time is made for a little fun in front of the camera.

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Ye Olde Wooden Mangle

The mangle was invented in 1850 by Robert Tasker of Lancashire. The name moulded on the top of this is Edwin Lawrey, Ironmongers. Folded washing would be fed through the rollers using the wheel on the side. Water would be squeezed out into a bowl on the shelf beneath and re-used. Pressure could be adjusted using the top screw. This was hard work but saved a lot of drying and cut down on ironing. The appliance could also be used for crushing apples for cider making.

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Yarmouth Fishing Boat YH167 'Ocean Sunlight' Pictured With The Crew In Newlyn Harbour

Yarmouth fishing boat YH167 'Ocean Sunlight' pictured with the crew in Newlyn harbour

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Yarmouth Fishing Boat YH167 'Ocean Sunlight' In Newlyn Harbour

Yarmouth fishing boat YH167 'Ocean Sunlight' in Newlyn harbour

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Yachts In Penzance Harbour

A photograph of a number of yachts in the central dock of the South Pier of Penzance harbour. In the foreground, a buoy floats in the water. The 'Oenanthe' is situated to the right. The lighthouse can be seen in the background to the far left.

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WW1 Silk Postcard With Allies' National Flags

Embroidered silk postcard with pocket and flap, showing Allies' national flags and a thistle and rose. On the reverse is written "To my darlings, from Joe"

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WW1 Silk Postcard "To My Dear Son"

Embroidered silk postcard with pocket and flap. "To my dear Son" is embroidered on front, and a card in the pocket says "Birthday greetings" On the reverse is written "From Dada".

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WW1 Silk Postcard "Souvenir of Arras"

Embroidered silk postcard with coat of arms and flags "Souvenir of Arras". On reverse "To Annie, from Joe"

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WW1 Silk Postcard "Many Happy Returns"

Embroidered silk postcard with pocket and flap with "Many Happy Returns" embroidered on it. In the pocket is a small card "to my dear wife". On the reverse is written "with best wishes from Joe xxx"

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Wrecked Ship

Wrecked ship, partly submerged

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Wreck of The St Ives Lifeboat Caroline Parsons

The picture shows the Panamanian steamer 'Alba' wrecked at Porthmeor Beach, St Ives on 31 January 1938. The motor lifeboat Caroline Parsons was wrecked after taking off the 23 Hungarian and Yugoslavian crew. When the lifeboat capsized, all were thrown into the water and all except five of the crew of the Alba were rescued by locals who waded into the sea. The wreck was broken up for salvage, the coal was redistributed around St Ives and the boilers remain on Porthmeor Beach in 2011. The ship was bound from Barry Docks to Civitavecchia with coal. Had they stayed abord, the crew could have walked ashore at low tide.

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Wreck of The SS Minnehaha, 1910

SS Minnehaha struck Scilly Rock on 18 April 1910. She was bound from New York to London with 66 passengers, 171 crew and 230 cattle. All were rescued. By Saturday 14 May she was re-floated and made for Falmouth Docks. Amusing accounts of the salvage operations can be read in 'The Cornishman'. She was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine on 7 September 1917 12 miles off Fastnet with a loss of 43 souls.

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Wreck of The Norwegian Full-rigger Hansy, Housel Bay

'Hansy' at The Lizard. This postcard, dated 15 October 1912 pictures the 1497 ton sailing ship Hansy of Fredrikstad at 1445 on 3 November 1911 which was wrecked at Housel Bay on the eastern side of the Lizard. 'She missed stays while trying to come about.' Three men were saved by the Lizard lifeboat and the rest, including the Captain’s family, were taken off by rocket apparatus. She was bound for Sydney with building material and her cargo of steel, pig iron and timber which was washed up for weeks afterwards. Two days later a salvage party boarded to find a pair of goats lying happily in a seaman’s bunk. Local fishermen did a thriving trade in timber for weeks afterwards and it is said that the iron pigs are fished up for ballast to this day.

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Wreck of The MV Alacrity, Sept 1963, Near Pendeen

MV Alacrity, F T Everard, bound from Swansea to Brussels with anthracite dust, was wrecked in fog in Portheras Cove near Pendeen on 13 September 1963. Salvage efforts failed and she broke up. A military unit was drafted in to blow up the wreck in order to disperse it. Unfortunately the blast left sharp metal shards on the beach which are still there in 2011, together with notices advising people not to walk on the beach - see the Cornishman 17 September 1981.

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Wreck of The MV Alacrity, Sept 1963, Near Pendeen

MV Alacrity, F T Everard, bound from Swansea to Brussels with anthracite dust, was wrecked in fog in Portheras Cove near Pendeen on 13 September 1963. Salvage efforts failed and she broke up. A military unit was drafted in to blow up the wreck in order to disperse it. Unfortunately the blast left sharp metal shards on the beach which are still there in 2011, together with notices advising people not to walk on the beach - see the Cornishman 17 September 1981.

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Wreck of The MV Alacrity, Sept 1963, Near Pendeen

MV Alacrity, F T Everard, bound from Swansea to Brussels with anthracite dust, was wrecked in fog in Portheras Cove near Pendeen on 13 September 1963. Salvage efforts failed and she broke up. A military unit was drafted in to blow up the wreck in order to disperse it. Unfortunately the blast left sharp metal shards on the beach which are still there in 2011, together with notices advising people not to walk on the beach - see the Cornishman 17 September 1981.

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Wreck of The MV Alacrity, Sept 1963, Near Pendeen

MV Alacrity, F T Everard, bound from Swansea to Brussels with anthracite dust, was wrecked in fog in Portheras Cove near Pendeen on 13 September 1963. Salvage efforts failed and she broke up. A military unit was drafted in to blow up the wreck in order to disperse it. Unfortunately the blast left sharp metal shards on the beach which are still there in 2011, together with notices advising people not to walk on the beach - see the Cornishman 17 September 1981.

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Wreck of The Jean Gougy

Wreck of the Jean Gougy, a French trawler, at Lands End, 3 November 1962

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Wreck of The Cromdale, 23 May 1913

Wreck of the Cromdale, 23 May 1913. British built iron sailing barque Cromdale ran into the Lizard in thick fog. She was carrying a cargo of nitrates from Chile. The photo is mounted on board and it needs to be removed.

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Wreck of The Alba, 1937

A photograph of the wrecked steamer 'M.V Alba' on the shore of Porthmeor beach, St Ives. The 'M.V Alba' was a 3,700 ton vessel bound for Civita, Italy from Barry with a cargo of coal.

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Wreck of The 'Alacrity' At Portheras Cove, Pendeen Cornwall.

This is one of a series of photographs of the 'Alacrity', in Portheras Cove on Friday 13 September 1963 (see also 1992.1587,92,93 and 94). Everard's coaster 'Alacrity' ran aground in fog. The wreck was a hazard to users of the cove. It was blown up by Marines in 1981 after a petition to Prince Charles started by two local boys but the metal fragments were an even worse hazard. There was an exhibition about the 'Alacrity' in Folklore & Fact at Pendeen in 2013. The 'Alacrity' was built by FT Everard ('Fred's') at Goole in 1940. When lost she was carrying anthracite from Swansea for Brussels.

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