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St Ives Archive: The battle against the sand

Here in St Ives, we are blessed to have glorious sand. The texture varies slightly from one beach to another, but you would have to go a long way to find better. However, it does tend to have a mind of its own, and move around! You only have to look at the photo to...
St Ives Archive: The grand hotel on the hill

St Ives Archive: The grand hotel on the hill

By Janet Harris, St Ives Archive Tregenna Castle, built in 1774 for John Stephens, Esq, is named after the hill on which it stands. It is not a castle, of course: the battlements are merely a decoration. Now an 84-bedroom hotel, the building originally had just 10...

How much do you know about the Old Vicarage?

An architects’ drawing of 1912, showing the design for the expanded Parsonage. Courtesy of Kresen Kernow, Redruth.  What do you know about the Old Vicarage in St Ives? The fine old building, acquired by St Ives Community Land Trust to convert into six affordable flats...

St Ives Archive: Fishermen’s lodges

By Janet Harris, St Ives Archive As we all know, St Ives Harbour is tidal, so the fishermen of old had to spend a lot of time waiting for the tide to come in before they could set sail. To avoid them having to spend hours waiting, possibly in the cold or rain,...