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Much of the history of Lamorna Cove is connected with the quarries, now long finished. The local economy was based upon granite, cut by hand from the cliffs and shipped throughout the world. The harbour and road into the Cove were a result of the quarries and the ‘tips’ of granite off cuts remain for all to see.

Crumbling in the 50’s, restored, then damaged again 1961 and 1989 and, in spite of on going repairs again, the victim of climate change in 2006. Keeping the harbour is a constant fight against the elements.

At the end of its industrial period Lamorna was discovered by the artist colony in Newlyn and it became an outpost of the Newlyn School, led by Samuel John ‘Lamorna’ Birch, with Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight, Doc Proctor and many others all following to discover Lamorna’s light and colour and its never ending variety of seasonal beauty.

Lamorna Cove, 2017. Copyright: 1919 Media.

Through most of this period, the Cove and surrounding lands were owned by Colonel Paynter, who developed the Cove economically and encouraged and accommodated artists and writers to live here.

The third period is modern history and tourist oriented. Visitors enjoying the beauty of today  while discovering the atmosphere of yesterday.

The harbour wall, built in 1850, was originally 18 feet longer than present day.

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Lamorna Cove, Lamorna
Nr Penzance
TR19 6XQ