Falmouth Packet Archives 1688-1850
A PANORAMA of Falmouth,
(published in 1827)
"Under the immediate Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince William Henry Duke of Clarence, Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom"
A History of the Origin, Progress, and present state of the Port; particulars of the Packet and other Establishments; directions to the Public Offices, Taverns, Lodging Houses &c. &c.
DESCRIPTION OF THE
Walks, Rides, Aquatic Excursions
Every other object of interest in its vicinity,
with a Map and other Engravings
A COMPLETE GUIDE
HARBOUR, TOWN AND SURROUNDING
PRINTED AT THE CORNISH MAGAZINE OFFICE
BY AND FOR J. PHILP; SOLD BY J. RICHARDSON, 91 ROYAL EXCHANGE;
W. PEARSON, 36, BISHOPSGATE WITHIN; W. SAM'S, ST. JAMES' STREET, LONDON;
AND ALL OTHER BOOKSELLERS
"In submitting this small volume to the inspection of the Public, the Compiler "cannot conclude without soliciting attention to the Selector, or Cornish Magazine; which, being the only Periodical publication in the County, he trusts has some little claim for support. It was established with the hope of drawing forth Native Talent, and of exciting Literary Pursuits; and he feels confident a perusal of what has already been published will convince the reader that it has been in some measure successful."
Falmouth, 173 years later.......
........... memory time, let's have some fun!
WELCOME TO FALMOUTH, Cornwall, England
In part, this private site was to draw public attention to
6 December 2000
when the town [and Carrick, see below] should have commemorated the
150th anniversary of the last scheduled Postal Packet sailing
from the port - by HMPB Seagull, with mails for the Brazils.
Thus ended 162 years as the Communications Gateway for Britain.
Selly's Greenbank Hotel was then a principal hotel in the town, catering for packet passengers
"Falmouth, where there is still a considerable interest in the ancient service of the Post-Office, no one has collected the facts or given any labour to preserve them from perishing. ....... A few stories are known, half-a-dozen officers are named, but of precise information there is little indeed to be found where it might have been found most confidently."
Arthur Hamilton Norway (1859-1938)
The Post-Office Packet Service between the years 1793-1815, from Records Chiefly Official.
Macmillan & Co. (1895)
Albeit a century later, these Falmouth Packet Archives© are proffered to illustrate the need for a reference point to assist researchers by leading them to those repositories holding Falmouth's postal packet-related material.
The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society
and is seeking 'matching funds' in order to qualify for Heritage Lottery and/or DCMS ReSource
Grant funding. Some
Questions & Answers
might help to describe the project.
Until digitised archives are properly funded, like this author, researchers continue to face a daunting task hunting for information. The list of resources is not complete, but may help the reader to understand the need to digitise reference material so pertinent to our local history. [Specific enquiries or advice of additional data or corrections and constructive comments should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Notes on Copyright
The following web pages and content, although sourced from the public domain, are copyright (Andrew Campbell © 2000, 2001). You may make one hard copy without payment or further permission, provided this is done for the purpose of private study only. You may also display the single personal copy for purposes of an academic lecture provided that no further duplication occurs or is allowed to occur.
COPYRIGHT STATEMENT: Whilst I retain copyright to photographs I have taken. I don't mind other people using them on their web sites providing attribution as the photographer and a link to this site is made available. Copyright of photos taken by other people is retained by the respective copyright holders. I have attempted to abide by the "fair use" clause in the copyright laws (including 5% of any publication). Attributes are given to the source of photos. There are some photos scanned from indicated publications of which I own a copy, and from which I am not deriving any monetary benefit. I have sincere doubts that providing photos from reference publications less than 50 years old (especially defunct publications) is denying income to anyone. All photos are offered as a service to interested members of the public. Should anyone who retains copyright [and can prove same] to any image that appears here object to it being made available, I will remove the image upon request.
Break the mold
I appeal to Museums, Libraries, and other repositories to let me know of any packet-related, including naval or old Falmouth images they hold and which they think may be if interest to the public. I will be pleased to list and publish selected thumbnails on these pages, together with the owner's contact information, for visitors to decide for themselves if they wish to make contact with the copyright owner.
"Thank you" to the RCPS, CSL and Falmouth Library for being so cooperative and for allowing public display of images in their collections.
For anyone interested enough to read the above, the following may be of more specific interest:
The Intellectual Property Rights Helpdesk is a European Commission project aimed at supporting and raising awareness of intellectual property rights (including copyright issues) amongst small and medium sized businesses and the research community. A series of multimedia tutorials to help researchers and others to understand intellectual property rights is available at: www.cordis.lu/ipr-helpdesk
The US Library of Congress has an enlightening statement on it's "American Memory" website.
"Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
The nature of historical archival collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Whenever possible, the Library provides information about copyright owners and other restrictions in the catalog records, finding aids, special-program illustration captions, and other texts that accompany collections. The Library provides such information as a service to aid patrons in determining the appropriate use of an item, but that determination ultimately rests with the patron. As a publicly supported institution the Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections.
It may not appear obvious, but this site is created using 800 x 600 screen resolution. In theory, it should appear best on your screen thus (The optimum combination appears to be, with a 19" screen, at 1024 x 968)
AS PAGES ARE UPDATED, LINKS AND GRAPHICS SHOULD IMPROVE. SEARCHABLE CONTENT WILL GROW QUICKLY AS THE GENERAL STRUCTURE SETTLES, THE SITE MAP WILL PROBABLY BE REMOVED.
[Constructive comments on web design are welcome!]
[ Courtesy of Falmouth Town Reference Library ]
Thank you to the first 501 visitors who visited this site between 6 May - 5 July 2000!
6 December 2000 Publicity!
Life goes on
Thank you Greg,
for your letter of 27 February, 2001
advising shortlisting the subject and aims of this site for inclusion in your "New Doomsday Book for the New Millennium" feature in March 2001.