Cornish Jubilee Time Line Commemoration 1952 to 1960

The major events that have taken place in or relating to Cornwall 1952 to 1960 

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Begun as a Platinum Jubilee project covering the period of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reign, following conclusion of the Jubilee this project will continue adding to the years covered and also to the content for each year with events from throughout Cornwall. This is an ongoing project, a positive working legacy of the 2022 Jubilee.

Click the year link above to go to that years event


Cornwall Record Office established, the aim is to preserve the history of Cornwall for future generations.


  • Mebyon Kernow following its establishment in 1951 won its first seat in local government in 1953, when Charles won a seat on Redruth-Camborne Urban District Council, under the slogan of 'A Square Deal for the Cornish'.


  • Bude - the first surf lifesaving club in the UK was started in August 1953 at Bude


  • Formula one races held at Davidstow Circuit - 


  • Newquay's new Secondary Modern Tretherras School officially opened by Minister of Education Florence Horsbrugh on 29th May 1954


South Crofty Mine - The last of the Cornish pumping engines closes after 101 years, the pumps have been superseded by electrically powered ones. The pumps were handed to the Cornish engine preservation society.


L’Egaré II (or the ‘lost one’), arrived in Falmouth on 21 August 1956, having crossed the Atlantic from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Falmouth, Cornwall in 88 days. Carrying three men and two kittens, they became the first men in history to achieve this feat of endurance.


Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visits Geevor tin mine and Melber china clay pit at St Stephens and works a monitor hose


Boscastle floods in 1958 - Debris from the smashed parapet of a bridge is seen in the village of Boscastle, North Cornwall, where the river which runs beside the main street was turned in to a raging torrent by a cloudburst. Homes were flooded to a depth of several feet, and salvaged goods and furniture can be seen in the background. 



Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was designated in 1959 and is unique in that it is made up of 12 separate geographical areas but is still one single designation. It covers approximately one-third of Cornwall - an area of 958 sq. km (370 sq. miles) and is the ninth largest protected landscape in the country.


Royal Cornwall Show - The first show at the permanent site outside Wadebridge took place in 1960.