Much of the history of Lamorna Cove is connected with the quarries, now long finished. The local economy was base upon granite, cut by hand from the cliffs and shipped throughout the world. The harbour and road into the Cove were a result of the quarries and the ‘tips’ of granite off cuts remain for all to see. The harbour wall built 1850 was originally 18 feet longer than present.
Crumbling in the 50’s restored, and then damaged again 1961 and 1989 and in spite of on going repairs again the victim of climate change in 2006.
Keeping the harbour is a constant fight against the elements.
At the end of its industrial period Lamorna was discovered by the artist colony in Newlyn and it became an outpost of the Newlyn School, led by John ‘Lamorna’ Birch, with Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight, Doc Proctor and many others all following to discover Lamorna’s light and colour and its never ending variety of seasonal beauty. Through most of this period the Cove and surrounding lands were owned by Colonel Paynter, who developed the Cove economically and encouraged and accommodated artists and writers to live here.
The third period is modern history and tourist led. Visitors enjoying the beauty of today and discovering the atmosphere of yesterday.