I had my first Trevithick Day in 2019. On a cold windy but bright day I had a wonderful time and took many photographs. However I was suffering from a bad headache all day. So, this page holds a selection of the images I have printed.
Held annually on the last Saturday in April this is a Cornish celebration to local born engineer Richard Trevithick (1771-1833). The son of a mine Captain and a miner’s daughter he was the inventor of the high pressure steam engine.
Also responsible for the creation of the Cornish Boiler which was used to steam the great pumping engines keeping the deep mines free from water.
One of his most famous inventions was the first steam powered passenger vehicle. On Christmas eve 1801 he took seven of his friends aboard his creation the “Puffing Devil”. The residents of Camborne were so terrified by this fire eating and steaming devil. But he managed to get sucessfully up Camborne hill.
It is a day of celebration with dancing along with many steam engines. These amazing bits of engineering line the streets and provide a wealth of photographic possibilities.
Marshall “Toby”, Aveling “Jubilee” and Fowler “Lady Gwen” are all ex-Dingles engines, which spent their working lives in Cornwall.
So, I really tried to be different and take images usually ignored. I took my time and chose my subjects and angles with care.
So, after 3pm the procession of the Steam Engines begins. Seeing these amazing machines moving slowly up the road is a real treat. The sound and the smell of steam was quite an experience.
Let us hope the celebration will soon be back again. During the pandemic it has sadly been cancelled.
Once again my thanks to Sebastian Austin who has supplied much of the information on this page.