St Ives (Cornwall)

St Ives ( Cornish Porth Ia [KK ], Porth Ya [ UCR ] ) is a town in the county of Cornwall in England and counts 11,165 inhabitants (as of 2001). The name derives from the Cornish saints Ia, after, is named the church in the village, St Ia 's Church. St Ives is known as a popular holiday resort and artists' colony.

Tourist importance

In 1877 a railway from the nearby community of St Erth to St Ives was built. The city was then the most popular excursion and holiday destination, not least because in the village itself has two large beaches ( Porthminster Beach and Porthmeor Beach ) and another small beach ( Porthgwidden Beach ) are located.

Nearby you will find the Carbis Bay and miles of beach of St Ives Bay. All the beaches have been awarded several times due to their location, their looks and their fine white sand.

Artistic meaning

Bernard Leach (1887-1979) and the Japanese Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) founded 1920, the Leach Pottery in St Ives. They made pottery forth from the viewpoint of Western and Eastern art and philosophy. Leach worked until 1972; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London five years later, in 1977, showed his work. The Leach Pottery is still in operation and maintains a small museum that displays Leach 's work and that of his students.

Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis (1855-1942) and Christopher Wood founded in 1928 in the city of an artists' colony. Opened in 1993, the Tate Gallery in London a branch in St Ives on Porthmeor Beach with the works of acting there artists such as Ben Nicholson and his wife, Barbara Hepworth, one of the most famous English sculptors whose works well in its own idyllic museum, its earlier ( Trewyn ) Studio, can be seen.

In St Ives lives also an important modern painter since 1974: Roy Ray (* 1936), which expresses the Cornish language and landscape with his pictures. In 1913 the composer George Lloyd was born in St. Ives.

The British writer Virginia Woolf spent as a child with her family from 1882 to 1894 the summer months in St Ives. Woolf, who spent a very unhappy youth, St Ives Cornwall, and later dedicated the novel Jacob's Room. Even her novel To The Lighthouse is - although located on the Hebridean Isle of Skye - a throwback to St Ives. The former summer home of Woolf's father, Leslie Stephen, Talland House, located near Porthminster Beach. It was from 1882 to 1895 in the possession of the Stephen family.

In St Ives also some novels such as " The Shell Seekers " popular in Germany novelist Rosamunde Pilcher, whose place of birth Lelant is not far away. St Ives says in her books " Porthkerris " and often served as the backdrop for the fictional works also well-known in Germany.


St Ives

View from the Carbis Bay

St Ives Bay

St Ives Panoramic

The harbor bay from above with the St. Ia 's Church

Port of St Ives

Porthminster Beach

Sculpture by Barbara Hepworth outside the town hall

Tregenna Castle on a hill of St Ives

Sons and daughters of the town