Nelson & His World

Discussion on the life and times of Admiral Lord Nelson
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 Post subject: A question about Falmouth
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:14 pm 
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Falmouth was the home port for a major part of the Post Office Packet Service - carrying mail to and from Spain, Portugal, North America and the West Indies.

As these were important trading centres the Mail Packets were regularly required to carry large amounts of bullion - which presented a huge security problem.

I have read the following:

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Treasure of such value demanded special precautions for its safe keeping. It was stored in a chamber cut in the solid rock which forms the hill-side on which the town of Falmouth lies. This chamber was lined with sheet iron, and its doors were of oak strongly bound with iron bars. Here the treasure lay in absolute safety until arrangements could be made for conveying it to London.


Obviously the equivalent of a modern day bank vault.

Does anyone know if that chamber still exists - or is its location still identifiable?

MB


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