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Walk Through Time - Camborne
You are in: Cornwall > Nature > Walks > Camborne History > Stage 1
The famous Trevithick statue outside Camborne Library - the starting point for our virtual walk.
Camborne's famous son keeps a watchful eye over the town.

Our walk takes you through Camborne's town centre to look at the rich mining and industrial history which is remembered in the area to this day.

Library stone
Library stone in Camborne

In the town centre you can see Richard Trevithick's statue, standing prominently outside Camborne Library. The famous piece of work was unveiled in 1932 by Prince George, in front of a crowd of thousands of proud Cornish residents.

The statue depicts the inventor with a model of the Camborne locomotive under one arm and a pair of dividers in the other. When you visit make sure you look at the panels on the work which lists Trevithick's other famous inventions.

The library itself is a fine example of Cornish architecture. It was designed by well-known architect Sylvanus Trevail and paid for by another famous historical local, J Passmore Edwards. The Library was opened for the first time in 1895.

Across the road from the library you will be able to see the former Council Offices and Fire Station. You can also visit the town's Public Rooms. They were built in 1890 for entertainment, political events and religious meetings. Camborne has a very strong Methodist history.

The famous Holman Brothers took over the building in 1930. It was later converted it into a museum. The area housing these buildings is known as The Cross.

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