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.
Richard Trevithick’s Puffin’ Devil was the world’s first ever steam locomotive. However, it was destroyed in a fire while Richard and his friends stopped off at a pub for lunch.
Over 40,000 people travelled from Cornwall to watch the 1991 Rugby Union match at Twickenham. Incredibly, this was 10% of the population of Cornwall.
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.