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Computing & Technology > Science > Porthcurno, Cornwall

Porthcurno, Cornwall

Cornwall witnessed a method of communication that is still as important today as it was a hundred and thirty years ago – cables!

 In 1870, the secluded cove of Porthcurno was where Britain was wired to the world.

A network of fourteen cables stretched from under this beach around the globe. For the first time in history, telegraphy made rapid communication possible between Britain and her distant colonies.

However at Poldhu Point in 1901, thirty miles away from Porthcurno, a young Italian scientist - Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first transatlantic wireless signal to Newfoundland. Wireless communication had arrived.

 One advantage cable had over wireless was difficulty of interception.

 During the war Porthcurno was so important, security measures were put place to protect it from Hitler.

posted on Jan 23, 2011 6:36 AM ()


They were showing Eastenders re-runs on PBS (Public Broadcasting System) for many years. I don't know if they still are, and I'll bet they were ancient, not the current ones but a person could watch them to get an idea of what it was about. I can still hear the theme song in my head.
comment by troutbend on Jan 24, 2011 1:06 PM ()
Thanx Laura, I will pass the info on, Marta hasn't commented on here, so I will go and find her . . .

reply by febreze on Jan 25, 2011 1:35 PM ()
Where was that British TV show Doc Martin filmed? Cornwall somewhere, reminds me of the photo you posted, with the beach spilling into the water, but I think it was a broader area on land than this photo. Isn't it amazing how they got along with those cables under the oceans? It seems miraculous even today.
comment by troutbend on Jan 23, 2011 7:29 PM ()
No, it is not there it is at Port Isaac. Copy and paste this link:


Marta asked me if American television, can pick up 'Eastenders'. I remember you telling me you were able to receive either Eastenders or was it 'Coronation Street'? Can you let marta or I know, thanx laura, you are a doll

reply by febreze on Jan 24, 2011 8:48 AM ()
Very interesting, as usual.
comment by elderjane on Jan 23, 2011 6:45 AM ()
Thank you once again, for your compliment Jeri Kind of you
I get a great deal of pleasure from history, primarily. I find I have so much time on my hands during the day, I am now able to indulge myself

reply by febreze on Jan 23, 2011 8:08 AM ()

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