Mystery as location of Falmouth Docks granite foundation stone remains unknown (From Falmouth Packet)
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Mystery as location of Falmouth Docks granite foundation stone remains unknown
7:00am Monday 30th September 2013 in News
The mystery surrounding the exact location of the Falmouth Docks granite foundation stone laid by Lord Falmouth in 1860 remains unsolved.
The stone weighing 5 tons and 15cwts came from Carnsew quarry, near Mabe. The location of the foundation stone is believed to be near the southern end of the Eastern breakwater.
Now Pendennis Shipyard directors Jill Carr and her husband Mike Carr have told the Packet's In Port writer David Barnicoat that during excavation work for the new complex being built at the yard an effort was made to locate the stone.
Jill said: “Using some photographs and an old engraving of the ceremony our team tried to find the stone. Unfortunately, we failed to find any trace of it.”
Penryn-based stone masons Freemans inscribed the foundation stone “Falmouth Docks, Feb 28, 1860” whereupon “six fine horses” pulled the stone through the town.
At the ceremony on February 28th 1860 Lord Falmouth was invited by Falmouth Docks chairman Mr. Alfred Fox to lay the granite foundation stone, which was suspended from large sheer legs.
Amid much pomp and Masonic ceremony, Lord Falmouth deposited a glass bottle containing a parchment document and coins of the reign into a cavity, which was then filled with cement and sealed with a lead plate. A silver trowel used during the ceremony was later presented to Lord Falmouth. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Cornwall lowered the foundation stone into place. Wheat from a cornucopia was scattered over the stone, with wine and oil also poured over it.
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