The Digey - St Ives - 1890s

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The Digey is one of the most iconic streets in St Ives' Downalong district. The narrow cobbled street connects Fore Street, near the harbour with Back Road West near Porthmeor beach on the other side of the isthmus.

This particular shot is off a well photographed set of steps that exist to this day. Life was a bit harder in those days when the town's main business was fishing.

It is not certain where the name 'Digey' comes from but one theory is it comes from dye-chy meaning dye house, where the boat sails were dyed.

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