Old Map of Cornwall by Samuel Lewis, 1844: St Austell, Truro, Falmouth, Penzance, and Newquay
Old Map of Cornwall by Samuel Lewis, 1844: St Austell, Truro, Falmouth, Penzance, and Newquay

Old Map of Cornwall by Samuel Lewis, 1844: St Austell, Truro, Falmouth, Penzance, and Newquay

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Immerse yourself in a riveting journey through time with this pristine 1844 map of Cornwall County by Samuel Lewis. This captivating artifact not only offers an engaging insight into Cornwall as it was in the mid-19th century but also serves as a bridge to its vibrant past. It stands as a testament to the roots of Cornwall's modern landscape, including towns that you may not find under the same names today.

Here's a thrilling opportunity to explore this piece of history where you might discover early iterations of modern towns, or in some exciting instances, settlements that may not appear at all on contemporary maps. This map also features an inset map of the Scilly Isles, adding another layer of intrigue to this already fascinating piece.

Settlements within the historical boundaries of Cornwall

  • St Austell: Founded in the 12th century. Notable for its china clay industry.
  • Truro: Established as a town in the 12th century. Known for Truro Cathedral and as Cornwall's administrative center.
  • Falmouth: Chartered in 1661. Famous for its deep natural harbor.
  • Penzance: Received market rights in 1332. Gateway to the Isles of Scilly.
  • Newquay: Known as a fishing village in the 15th century. Famous as a surfing destination.
  • Camborne: Mentioned in the Domesday Book, 1086. Historic mining town.
  • Redruth: Known to exist since the 12th century. Another center of the Cornish mining industry.
  • Saltash: Referred to as a market town in the 12th century. Known for the Royal Albert Bridge.
  • Bodmin: Recorded in the Domesday Book, 1086. Home to Bodmin Jail and Bodmin Moor.
  • St Ives: Mentioned in records from the 5th century. Notable as an artists' haven.
  • Liskeard: Mentioned in the Domesday Book, 1086. Gateway to Bodmin Moor.
  • Launceston: Recorded in the Domesday Book, 1086. Historic capital of Cornwall.
  • Helston: Known as a town since at least 1086. Famous for the Furry Dance.
  • Porthleven: Established as a harbor in the early 19th century. Known for its iconic clock tower.
  • Torpoint: Known from the 18th century. Famous for its ferry service to Plymouth.
  • Hayle: Known as a settlement from the early 18th century. Notable for its industrial heritage.
  • Wadebridge: Known as a town since the 15th century. Renowned for the Royal Cornwall Show.
  • St Just: Recorded in the 15th century. Famous for its mining history.
  • Padstow: Known as a port since the 10th century. Renowned for its food festival.
  • Bude: Known as a harbor town since the 16th century. Notable for its beaches.
  • Callington: Mentioned in the 7th century. Famous for its mural trail.
  • Lostwithiel: Known from the 12th century. Once the capital of Cornwall.
  • St Mawes: Known since the 16th century. Famous for St Mawes Castle.
  • Looe: Known since the 13th century. Notable as a fishing town.
  • Fowey: Known since the 14th century. Famous for its literary festival.
  • St Agnes: Known since the 15th century. Rich mining heritage.
  • St Columb Major: Recorded in the 9th century. Known for its historic Hurling the Silver Ball.
  • Perranporth: Known since the 19th century. Renowned for its wide sandy beach.
  • Tintagel: Mentioned in the 12th century. Associated with the legends of King Arthur.
  • Port Isaac: Known since the 14th century. Known for the TV series 'Doc Martin'.

Notable natural attractions in Cornwall

Land's End, the most westerly point of mainland England, the Eden Project, an ecosystem complex and tourist attraction, and Bodmin Moor, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Historical events in Cornwall (1800-1850)

During the period 1800-1850, Cornwall was buzzing with activity, especially due to the mining boom. The area became globally recognized for its production of tin and copper. The Royal Geological Society of Cornwall was established in 1814, further emphasizing the significance of mining and geological studies in this region. The founding of the Cornwall Railway in 1846 was another significant event, marking a new era of transportation in the county.

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