Launceston Skyline. Photo courtesy of Chris Gynn
Launceston Skyline from the mid 1960’s. Photo courtesy of Chris Gynn.


Launceston from St Stephens in the 1880's
Launceston from St Stephens in the 1880’s

Dynnargh dhywgh (welcome) to Launceston Then. Nostalgia and memories are important for everyone and that is what ‘Launceston then! will seek to record, be it in written or image form. With 645 pages and 1,000’s of images, this is a unique and comprehensive insight into Launceston and its district’s near and far past and an ideal point of reference for researchers. There are many clickable links within this site which will open up further readable pages or pictures, so when you see highlighted text then click away it can lead to all kinds of discoveries and once hidden treasures! Affiliated with this website is a Facebook group with 4,000 plus members. You can join the group here or if you do not have a Facebook account, you can view the active feed from here: Facebook Group feed. Enjoy 🙂 We are always interested in what visitors have to say, so why not click the guestbook and leave a comment.

Jim Edwards   

It is with the help of Jim Edwards (above left) that this site is born. A man of many scribbling’s and much knowledge of the town and its area and the fruits of his endeavors are now laid before you. He continues to provide updates from his never-ending research which is enabling this website to grow. But we don’t want to rest on our laurels and invite anyone who can help with this project, be it with a personal memory or a photograph, to please contact rogerpyke1@gmail.com.
All published material will be acknowledged.

Roger Pyke and Jim Edwards show off their book
Roger Pyke and Jim Edwards show off their 2018 book ‘Commemorating Launceston and District and the Great War.’

The website is freely hosted by Christopher Franklin which enables the site to run without any of the obtrusive advertising that now clogs up and makes some sites unusable and in turn, ruins any enjoyment, so it is a big thank you to Chris for this service. However, there are costs involved in compiling and updating the site on a regular basis, and if you appreciate and use this site regularly would you be willing to contribute in a small way to the funding and upkeep? If so pop along to our Patreon page where you can help.

Launceston Photo courtesy of Nick Hairs


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    Launceston, standing as it does on the Cornish border with Devon, has a rich history obtained not only from its geographical position, but also in it’s role as the county town of Cornwall over several hundred years.

  • 1906 gathering outside the town hall

    No history of a place could be written without acknowledging the people that were born, lived and died in it, and Launceston is no different, and the town has witnessed some remarkable people living within it’s boundaries

  • altarnun-in-the-1940s-photo-courtesy-of-ray-boyd

    The district of Launceston has within it’s boundaries a rich mixture of parishes that have had an important part of the Launceston story, including governance.

  • off-to-war-in-1914-dcli-soldiers-setting-off-from-launceston-station

    No part of the country escaped the ravages of the two world war’s and Launceston played a very important part in the victories obtained through tragic loss.

  • High Street Launceston

    Launceston was lucky that living within the town, there were early pioneers of photography and the fruits of their labour are here for all to witness with images of Launceston and its district covering 150 years.

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