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1960s-70s Falmouth

Updated: May 2, 2020

Photographs taken in Falmouth and surrounding areas - from around 1964-1976 by my grandfather, Harry Hocking...


** There are a lot of photos in this blog. They may take a moment to download **


Harry Hocking, my Grandfather ("Pap") sadly passed away in 2015 at the age of 86. My Grandmother ("Nan"), Joan left us several years prior. They were both much loved by all the family and have been greatly missed.

Pap did though, leave me a box of memories - in the form of slides he took in the 1960s-70s! Most of which were taken in Falmouth and surrounding areas.


This last week, I've felt a little jaded from "over-doing" photography during lockdown. So, instead of a "Lockdown Photography: Week 5" blog - I give you these old photos of the Falmouth area taken by my Pap.


I remember Pap having a video camera. He loved to film holidays, family events - and often the floor as he walked - after forgetting to switch it off. Yes, I recall watching videos of what seems like hours of pavement when he showed us what he'd recorded. But I didn't realise that he previously took still photos...

The slide conversion


With being furloughed due to the COVID-19 virus, I've finally had time to do something with the slides I've had on top of my wardrobe for the last 5 years!


I bought some macro extension tubes and a lightbox. The lightbox was rubbish, so I used my phone by downloading an app. Unfortunately, the phone's pixels could be clearly seen through the slide. So, I placed a piece of white paper over my phone to diffuse the pixels. This did introduce a mottled effect from inconsistency in the paper - but it was the lesser of two evils.


I know you'll be more interested in seeing the photos from 50 years ago than reading my ramblings, so here they are...

Helford


It turns out that my family used to love visiting Helford Beach (outside the Ferryboat Inn). Apparently then, you could drive down and park next to the beach. I think I actually remember being able to park there when I passed my test in '98...


Helford Beach | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Helford Beach | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Doug (Great, Great Uncle) & Eileen Tregidgo (Great, Great Auntie)

"My Godparents. They ran the grocery shop in Hendra, Truro. When I was growing up, they lived just up the road in Trefusis Road, Falmouth"

Helford Beach | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Robert Hocking (Dad), Julie Bryant (my Auntie, nee Hocking, yellow dress) & their cousins

Helford Beach | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Helford Beach | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Helford Beach | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Helford Beach | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Robert Hocking (Dad)

Helford Beach | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

"An arty one from my Pap here! -or maybe it just faded with age"

Miscellaneous Falmouth


Falmouth Docks from Castle Drive | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

"I've shot from here a few times myself. The picture shows three cranes next to the drydock. Now, I believe there's only one. You might remember a few years ago, a crane on the right fell over?"

Falmouth Docks from Castle Drive | 2017 | by Andrew Hocking

"For comparison, here's a shot I took from the same spot in 2017 - 50 years after Pap's photo!"

"Little Dennis" Castle, Pendennis Point, Falmouth | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Tresillian Road, Falmouth | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

"I'm not sure what's going on here - and neither does the chap on the truck by the looks of it. I love this photo as it leaves the viewer wondering. Well done Pap!"

Princess Pavillions, Falmouth | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Kimberly Park, Falmouth | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Overlooking the River Fal


Overlooking the River Fal from Basset St | Circa 1967 | by unknown, possibly Joan Hocking

"Nanny Hocking" (Great Grandmother), Harry Hocking (Pap), Julie Bryant (Auntie, nee Hocking) & Robert Hocking (Dad)

"I'm not sure what kind of glasses Dad is wearing in this picture!"

River Fal from Greenbank Pier (I think) | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

River Fal from Prince of Wales Pier (I think) | Circa 1967 | by unknown, possibly Joan Hocking

Harry Hocking (Pap) & Julie Bryant (Auntie, nee Hocking)

River Fal from Basset St | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

12 Beacon Road, Falmouth


12 Beacon road was Harry & Joan's second house, following a move from Basset Street (where Dad was born). Pap proudly told me how he did it up and added value to the house. I wonder who lives there now?...

12 Beacon Road, Falmouth | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Julie Bryant (Auntie, nee Hocking) & Robert Hocking (Dad)

"Julie remembers her Tiny Tears and Chatty Cathy walking talking dolls"

12 Beacon Road, Falmouth | Circa 1964 | by Harry Hocking

Robert Hocking (Dad)

12 Beacon Road, Falmouth | Circa 1964 | by unknown, possibly Joan Hocking

Harry Hocking (Pap), Julie Bryant (Auntie, nee Hocking) & Robert Hocking (Dad)

Near Beacon Road, Falmouth | Circa 1967 | by Harry Hocking

Julie Bryant (Auntie, nee Hocking)

12 Beacon Road, Falmouth | Circa 1964 | by Harry Hocking

Julie Bryant (Auntie, nee Hocking)

12 Beacon Road, Falmouth | Circa 1964 | by Harry Hocking

Joan Hocking (Nan), Julie Bryant (Auntie, nee Hocking), May Dowrick (Great Grandmother) & Robert Hocking (Dad)

43 Mongleath Road, Falmouth


Harry & Joan's third house was 43 Mongleath Road. This is the house I remember visiting as kid. I've got some good memories from there...

43 Mongleath Road, Falmouth | Circa 1968 | by Harry Hocking

May Dewrick (I think! Great Grandmother) & Julie Bryant (Auntie, nee Hocking)

From 43 Mongleath Road, Falmouth | Circa 1968 | by Harry Hocking

"I've no idea how Pap got so high