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Mousehole in the 1890's
An archive of eye-opening photographs documenting the grim reality of Poldark's Cornwall has emerged for sale for £25,000.
More than 1,500 black and white images show the gritty lives lived by poverty-stricken families in late 19th and early 20th century Cornwall - around the same time that Winston Graham's famous Poldark novels were set.
The collection reveals the lowly beginnings of towns like Rock, Fowey, Newquay and St Ives long before they became picture-postcard tourist hotspots.
Images show young filth-covered children playing barefoot in squalid streets, impoverished families standing around outside the local tax office, and weather-beaten fishwives tending to the day's catch.
The Cornish archive, comprising 1,200 original photographic prints and 300 glass negative plates, is tipped to fetch £25,000 when it goes under the hammer as one lot at Penzance Auction House.