Saturday, March 24

Where To See Daphne Du Maurier In Cornwall

Mural in St Austell Cornwall showing Daphne Du Maurier

I've had a good response from my posts about the author Daphne Du Maurier. Menabilly Daphne Du Maurier's Manderley In Cornwall, for example, attracted far more visitors than normal. I thought, therefore, I would show you this mural found on the side of a building in St.Austell, Cornwall.

Daphne du Maurier
The mural, by Janet Shearer, depicts well known people (at least well known to local residents!) who lived near to St Austell, one of these being Daphne Du Maurier. She is in the premier position as the lady at the top of the art work looking out over a balcony.

Amongst the diners at the fictional 'China Cafe' are Nigel Martyn (Former England Goalkeeper), Jemma Simpson (Olympic Athlete), Richard Sharp (England Rugby Player), Beatrice Rogers (First Female Deaconess in the Methodist Church), AL Rowse (Historian and Poet), Walter Hicks (Founder of St Austell Brewery), Silvanus Trevail (Architect), William Cookworthy (Discoverer of China Clay in Cornwall), John Nettles (Actor), Bishop Colenso (First Anglican Bishop of Natal), Captain Percy Phillips (Founder of the Cornwall Aviation Compant) and Jack Clemo (Writer and Poet).

The mural is a reproduction, four times the size of the original painting. This was photographed and then scaled up and printed on aluminium sheets which were then affixed to the building.

So if you are visiting Cornwall and want to see Daphne Du Maurier go to Trinity Street, St Austell.

Famous people from St Austell, Cornwall

Other Daphne Du Maurier Posts:
Menabilly Daphne Du Maurier's Manderley In Cornwall
The Magic Of Fowey Cornwall - Photos of her house.

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  1. How totally cool! That's quite a realistic mural. Glad to see Daphne up there on the balcony!

    1. It's quite impressive as this was just a grey, boring wall before the mural was put up. The nearby wooden seats were put there at the same time - and one shop along is a traditional fish & chips take-away and cafe.

  2. What a great mural though I don't know all of the people in the picture.

    1. Got to be honest, I hadn't heard of them all either!