The title of the book was chosen, in part, to reflect the sense of ‘rediscover’ the author experienced as he printed up the pictures from ancient negatives, many of which had not revealed their ‘hidden secrets’ since the images were first captured on camera, in some cases well over a century ago.
But the title Lost Cornwall also refers to the inevitable sense of nostalgia felt when looking at so much that the passing years have taken away, particularly the essential Cornish character of so many of our towns and villages.
These photographs remind us that not all that is in the past was good, nor that all change is for the best. Poverty, danger to life and limb from mining and at sea, and hard toil for the majority are variously illustrated in these pages. But who could, on looking through this book, not also feel a yearning for the uncomplicated daily life the images reveal, and a sense of gratitude in what might have passed beyond our knowing, except for the camera.
Among the hundreds of places covered in this book ……
Penzance – St Ives – Newlyn – Newquay – Truro – Mount’s Bay – Portreath – Mevagissey – St Agnes – Marazion – Mousehole – Land’s End – Helston – Falmouth – Port Navas – Camborne – The Lizard – Looe – Launceston – Bodmin – Liskeard – Lostwithiel – Stithians – Redruth – Porthtowan – Hayle – St Austell – Fowey – Padstow – St Just – Isles of Scilly – Mullion – Porthleven – Charlestown – Bude – and many many more.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 365 1, hardback, 210x297mm, 160 pages.