Newquay is a major tourist destination for holidaymakers located on the north coast of Cornwall. However, it is much more than a simple seaside resort. Evidence of Late Mesolithic flint tool working sites show early occupation, and there has been a small fishing village here since medieval times. The arrival of the railway and subsequent post-war development saw Newquay expand from a village with a population of only 1,300 to a town of almost 20,000 residents.
Focusing on the last century, Newquay Through Time shows the myriad changes that have occurred as the town expanded in the years following the First World War. Some changes will be immediately recognisable, as the old has made way for the new, but some are much more subtle. Join Sheila Harper as she takes us on a journey around Newquay through time.
Originally from South London, Sheila Harper ran a guesthouse in Newquay with her partner providing special interest holiday weeks with subjects ranging from mineral collecting, walking, Cornish archaeology, heritage and natural history. She is the co-author of Newquay (Tempus, 1999) and has had history articles published in local newspapers. Sheila is an active member of the Newquay old Cornwall Society, Newquay's local history group for over 30 years since moving to Newquay from London in 1981. At present, she is the 'Warden of Local Ancient Monuments' for the Society organising a group to keep our ancient monuments in good order and producing the Newquay Old Cornwall Society Newsletter.