DID you know that the HSBC bank in St Ives used to be known as the Lamb Hotel, or that a large explosion rocked the town in 1898? These gems, and many more, are some of the secrets revealed in a fascinating new book documenting Victorian St Ives. Produced

ON BROADWAY: A cattle market on one of St Ives’ most famous streets. Picture: VICTORIAN ST IVES

DID you know that the HSBC bank in St Ives used to be known as the Lamb Hotel, or that a large explosion rocked the town in 1898?

These gems, and many more, are some of the secrets revealed in a fascinating new book documenting Victorian St Ives.

Produced by Bob Burn-Murdoch, local historian and curator of the Norris Museum, the book offers an insight into how the town used to operate and look.

Events documented include the massive rebuilding that took place in Victorian St Ives and historian Thomas Carlyle's description of the settlement as 'a dingy little town'.

BIG BANG: The aftermath of an explosion that killed two people at an ironmonger’s in Crown Street, St Ives, in 1898. Picture: VICTORIAN ST IVES

The book can be enjoyed as a simple documentation of the St Ives but could also be used as a guidebook, offering a detailed look at the main streets and alleys in the town.

Mr Burn-Murdoch said: "In previous years we have produced largely pictorial books documenting the history of St Ives since cameras were around.

"These have proved very popular, so for this book we have opted to include extended captions for the photographs.

"I am sure the book will prove interesting and informative for anyone who has any connection with this fascinating town."

INFORMATION: The book is available now, priced £3.95, from the Norris Museum, on The Broadway, and local bookshops in St Ives. Copies can also be sent by post for an additional 60 pence. Contact The Norris Museum on 01480 497314.