Victorian Cornwall: A Look at Cornwall Through the Eyes of our Forefathers

Author(s): Malcolm McCarthy 

ISBN: 9781781557198
£11.89 £16.99

A fascinating visual record of Victorian Cornwall through the eyes of early local photographers.
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  • High-quality images on superb quality paper 

  • Many previously unpublished and very rare photographs 

  • An invaluable record of early Cornish images, this is a fascinating record of people and places never to be seen again

Victorian Cornwall: A Look at Cornwall Through the Eyes of our Forefathers is a tour around the county from the north coast on the Devon boarder to Land’s End, out to the Scillies and back up the south coast with a few inland villages interspersed.

The book is illustrated by photographs taken from the 1850s right through to 1901, a large span of Queen Victoria’s reign. The photographs that were used for this visually resplendent volume is an effort to save these rare and treasured images for generations to come.

The photographs originate from Malcolm McCarthy’s personal collection and will take the reader back to Cornwall of 150 years ago. Included in the book are photographs of characters, customs, villages, harbours, mines and buildings of note.

This fascinating book is well-researched using the knowledge of many local people.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557198
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 176 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 286 black-and-white photographs



A proud Padstonian and Cornishman, Malcolm McCarthy was born in Redruth in 1957. After finishing sixth form, he joined the Metropolitan Police in which he served for twelve years, ten of which were on the Thames Division. Returning to Padstow, he worked as a berthing master for 20 years. Retiring in 1998, he has concentrated on transcribing his vast Cornish document collection, which can be viewed at McCarthy has to date written About Padstow, Around Padstow, Padstow Through Time and Padstow History Tour.