In 2014, St Piran’s Oratory near Perranporth was dug out of the sand. During the dig, skeletons of people dating back to around 800AD were discovered near the oratory.
Cornish newspaper owner and politician John Passmore Edwards campaigned for better facilities for poorer people. He used his own money to build libraries, schools, galleries and rest homes.
Many beaches were affected when the oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked in 1967, but only 15% of the oil that leaked out came ashore in Cornwall. Much more was washed over to Brittany.
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.