Richard Trevithick is known for inventing steam engines, but also had plans to create an iron tower in London. If this had been built, it would have been as tall as France’s Eiffel Tower.
It’s said that in 1773 John Wesley preached to 32,000 people at Gwennap Pit. This would have been nearly a quarter of the whole population of Cornwall at that time.
The soldier Sir Richard Grenville was given the nickname ‘skellum’ (meaning scoundrel or devil) after changing sides during the English Civil War.
The Cornish landscape has changed dramatically from centuries past to the present day. By looking at maps through history we can track Cornwall’s progress.