Local History

St Ives is named after the Patron Saint “La” who is believed to have been an Irish princess who is said to have sailed to Cornwall across the Irish sea on a leaf. She became a Cornish evangelist and a Martyr of the 5th Century. However the local ruler King Tewdar did not like her outspoken ways and so he had La murdered. Her holy well the Venton Eia still flows to this day and local people often lay flowers there in tribute to her and as a symbol of love.

Fishing Town

St Ives was largely a fishing town right from medieval times and was very prosperous through pilchard fishing which were prolific in the local waters. Approximately 900 million fish were dispatched from the four principal Cornish ports between 1747 and 1756.

Seaside Resort

The modern seaside resort that we so love today became established in 1877 following the arrival of the St Ives Bay branch line which brought in a new generation of Victorian holiday makers. Today visitors from all over the world come to St Ives to find a little piece of paradise.

Images Courtesy of the St Ives Archive

Mr. Gary Beeston trading as My Cottages in St Ives
3, 5 and 5a The Digey, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HR, United Kingdom