These characterful cast-aluminum letters historically made up the classic curved shop sign above the door of “Biggleston’s”.
Biggleston’s closed in 2012 but the ironmongers was loved by locals for more than 120 years.
The sign is not the only relic of the shop, a mainstay of Hayle’s once-flourishing shopping scene. Indeed, in 2016 a collection of more than 2000 historic documents was discovered in the eaves of the building during renovation work to the roof.
The collection comprises receipts, invoices, and correspondence, providing a fascinating and rare insight into Hayle in the late 1800s, from the array of goods that could be bought and sold to the town’s global reach, detailed in dealings between the shop and its customers and wholesalers, from elsewhere in the country and beyond. With grant funding from AIM (the Association of Independent Museums) and support from PZ Conservation, the volunteer team at Hayle Heritage Centre have been working tirelessly to clean, practice tear repairs, flatten, digitise, catalogue, and rehome the collection.