News and Events Archive

New at the Boathouse

According to Iris Green in her booklet ‘On Newlyn Hill’, George Sherwood Hunter and his wife Constant Mary were living at the Malt House on Chywoone Hill by 1902, having moved there after the Gotches had left. He was soon an integral part of the Newlyn Community of Artists, helping

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Peter’s Blowin

‘Peter’s blowin’ was the word that went round Newlyn when the foghorn sounded on the South Pier. Peter Hosking was the sailmaker who lived at Green Rocks. The foghorn would be blown every minute when Peter could no longer see the promenade through the fog. Peter Kneebone Hosking (1873-1957) was

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William ‘Billy’ Stevenson 1928-2021

We were sorry to hear of the death of Billy Stevenson who has been such a prominent figure in the recent history of Newlyn Harbour. We thought it would be appropriate to share this wonderful picture with Friends of the Archive. It was taken in 2004 by Glyn Richards who

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The Pixie Cabin

This is a photo from Old Newlyn. The Pixie Cabin was down a short alleyway tucked between Barclays Bank and a building one door away, Job Morris’s vegetable shop (now the Newlyn pharmacy). The rear of the Pixie Cabin sat on the banks of the River Coombe where children played

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New Sign for Boathouse

Jerry Thompson took his life in his hands to erect the new sign for the Newlyn Archive on the Boathouse, using the brackets that had once held the old post office sign. After much consultation with the committee Jerry has designed and created the most wonderful emblem for our archive.

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Before Cryséde

On 21 October the Archive organised a talk in the Trinity Centre by Janet Axten, a St Ives historian.  Janet talked about Newlyn in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the women who helped create the international silk company. Cryséde started life in Newlyn because the owners identified

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Media Events

Back in 1916, the tide gauge in the Tidal Observatory on the South Pier began to send readings of the tide levels in Newlyn to the Ordnance Survey in Southampton. Five years later, in 1921, these were averaged to determine Mean Sea Level – this remains the basis for all

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Stormy Weather

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the tragedy of the Solomon Browne Lifeboat with a flotilla of lifeboats in a procession of sail to Penlee Point on Monday 30th August. This was one of many occasions when the lifeboat and its men risked everything to save a boat in

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A Special Portrait

The portrait is of Richard Nicholls who was a Newlyn fisherman. He had two fishing boats,  PZ 486 Auld Lang Syne which was built for him in 1891 and PZ 663 Speedwell, which was built in 1908 and had a steam engine.

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New to the Archive

Rachel Scott  has kindly donated her great grandmother’s postcard book to the Archive. Her great grandmother Bertha Winterbon was a trained nurse and a member of the Friends Ambulance Unit  and served at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Dunkirk during the First World War.

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The Brothers

A Newlyn resident, Jonathan Banks, has rescued an historic Penlee lifeboat from a boatyard in Kent and returned her to Cornwall.  She now lies in the Gweek Classic Boatyard and awaits restoration.

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Just Published

Henry Martin’s painting is reproduced in a new book that the Archive has published. The book, Walk Newlyn, costs £5. Order Forms for the new book are available on the Website. Picture: Henry Martin, Breakneck Alley, private collection. We were surprised at how much has changed in Newlyn since earlier

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