This is where I try to compare old photos of Cornwall with how the scene looks now.
Today I was in Truro with a 1920s picture (above) of Boscawen Street. I couldn't seem to get into the exact same position, from where to take the photo today (below), but the similarities are there. The street still has the same cobbled surface and some of the original buildings.
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We still had a take-a-way lunch sitting outside in the square: Cornish pasty (of course) though mine was the vegetarian version. But eating outside can be dangerous! There are scavengers about, wherever you look.
Though Truro is about nine miles from the coast the seagulls are ready to pounce. Two people sitting near us felt the consequences. A man eating a sandwich had it snatched from him and a poor little girl lost her sausage roll to a diving seagull and was in floods of tears. Even the naked drummer man had to watch his credentials.
We wandered up to Victoria Park and the old bandstand.
But even there, the seagulls were hovering.
Perhaps this is how Daphne Du Maurier got her inspiration for The Birds, as she lived in Cornwall.
More Old Cornwall Posts:
Discovering Old Cornwall - 1 - Pentewan
Discovering Old Cornwall - 2 - Charlestown
Discovering Old Cornwall - 3 - Lerryn
Back to Cornwall. Glad to hear the drummers credentials were kept safe. Always like your Cornish posts, doesn't look like too much has changed in Truro.ReplyDelete
Luckily the city has kept many of it's old buildings.Delete
Had to laugh after reading this article Mike, seagulls really do get everywhere! Check this out at the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2687945/Second-place-beak-Seagull-beats-horse-place-photobombs-tight-finish-Brighton-race-course.htmlReplyDelete
Funny! A seagull coming second in a horse race!Delete
i hate them seagulls. i bet its because the visitors feed them that has caused the problemReplyDelete
You are right the tourists like to feed them.Delete
You are so lucky that the scene from old still resembles strongly today. A local newspaper featured a 'then and now' series of the city I live in, and it is hardly recognisable, how dilapidated, neglected and chaotic things look now...ReplyDelete
That's sad about your town, but sadly that happens a lot and in England.Delete
So much is unchanged! Love the photos, old and new. I laughed about the gulls! Quite brazen!ReplyDelete
Very brazen, I think they've forgotten how to live by any other means.Delete
I like these posts where you show the old and the new.ReplyDelete
I've seen a post on the town of Mullumbimby where the blogger takes an old photo to the spot it was taken in the town and tries to match the photo to the current setting and takes a photo of both.It looks quite good,too.
Here is the link for anyone who would like to see what I'm writing about -
Just copy and paste the link into your browser to go to the site.