Virginia Woolf spent summers at Talland House in St. Ives, Cornwall, until her mother, Julia Stephen died in 1895. And her novel To the Lighthouse (1927) was inspired by Godrevy Lighthouse, which she could see from her summer home.
So when I read the news that Godrevy Lighthouse will replace its winking white dual beam light with modern LEDs, I was prompted to do some ambling around the Web.
In the process, I found photos of St. Ives that date from the 1890s to the 1940s. Take a look at these old photos of St. Ives. I promise you will be charmed.
And while you are at it, view color film footage of the harbor and streets of St. Ives, Cornwall, and of the streets of London in 1924, during Woolf’s time. You can get the back story on this project and watch the video here.