SW5129 : St Michael's Mount, 1949

taken 75 years ago, near to Marazion, Cornwall, England

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St Michael's Mount, 1949
St Michael's Mount, 1949
View from a boat returning to Penzance on an excursion trip.
St Michael's Mount :: SW5130

St Michaelís Mount dominates Mount's Bay; it rises majestically almost 230 feet from sea level to the tower, chapel and battlement of the castle.

An island at high tide, from the great flood in 3000 BC, the Mount is now operated by the National Trust. It features a harbour, shops and a restaurant as well as the castle and gardens which are open to the public on certain days. Situated approximately 500 yards offshore, the Mount is reached by a causeway at low tide or by small ferry boats which operate between Marazion and the Mount's harbour at high tide.

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Photos by David Murray-Rust

My father David was an enthusiastic and competent amateur photographer and owned a prewar Leica camera. These photos were taken by him in the course of family holidays principally in Cornwall, Somerset and Pembrokeshire, in the 1940s and 1950s when I was a small boy.

My parents kept holiday diaries into which the prints were pasted, so it has been possible to locate and date images with reasonable accuracy. A large proportion of the pictures in the diaries are of family members and not suitable for Geograph, although people do appear in some of the pictures where the scenic value makes them worthwhile for the historical value.

The photos are scanned from small commercial prints (about 3 x 2 inches which was the normal size in those days) rather than from original negatives (long since jettisoned!). Even so, I have been surprised how much detail is captured by using a large dpi scan setting; they are still equivalent to a 10-12 megapixel digital image, although reduced size images have been submitted for this series.

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David M Murray-Rust   (more nearby)
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Date Taken
26 August 1949   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 January, 2020
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 514 298 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:7.0055N 5:28.6901W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 510 299
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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