Focus on Falmouth

Articles about the history of Falmouth, Cornwall

August 3, 2020

Royal Escape from Falmouth

During the English Civil War Cornwall remained loyal to the Royalist cause. Both the Queen, Henrietta Maria, in 1644 and in 1646, Charles, Prince of Wales, […]
June 18, 2020

Queen Victoria visits Falmouth

In 1843 and again in 1846 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert arrived in Falmouth aboard the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert. This was the first Royal […]
February 14, 2020

‘A very nice middy’ – Daniel Pender 1832-1891

In early 2019 whilst researching some information concerning 19th century emigration to New Zealand I came across the letters of Charlotte Godley.[*] The letters sent to […]
April 20, 2019

Operation Ariel and Falmouth – June 1940

Operation Ariel (Aerial) and the Evacuation from France – June 1940   Operation Ariel was the code name for the evacuation of troops and civilians from […]
February 11, 2019

Broad & Sons – A Falmouth merchant firm and family

During the C19 there were two large Ship Agents operating in Falmouth: Fox’s and Broad’s. They acted as agents for the many ships calling into Falmouth, […]
October 30, 2018

Falmouth’s Annus Horribilis

Weathering the Storm Tim Beattie looks at the years 1890/91 which turned out to be particularly difficult years for the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. Introduction In the […]
July 10, 2018

Barbary Piracy

A study into the effects of Barbary Piracy on England and Cornwall In 1677 a Falmouth mother wrote a letter to the Bishop of Exeter requesting […]
July 10, 2018

The Empire Garden

Plant hunters and scientific networks around Falmouth The sub-tropical garden, populated with many varieties of exotic plant: rhododendrons, camellias, giant trees, ferns, magnolias; is a beautiful […]
July 9, 2018

The Story of the Mignonette

Britain’s last trial for cannibalism at sea The obituary of John Burton, proprietor of the famous Old Curiosity Shop in Falmouth was printed as a special […]