The late "Trader" Gray's reclamation yard come "museum of oddities and wonder"
Earlier in 2012 my friend Pete Brookes posted on facebook a set of photographs of this remarkable place, with the news that the landowners wanted to bulldoze the site and build a house on it. So in August, while we were in Cornwall on holiday, we took a trip down there to see it while we still could ...
Shiver Me Timbers was built up and run by Terry "Trader" Gray, evolving from a "normal" reclamation yard into "a museum of oddities and wonder".
It also seems to have been an arts workshop, and Gray himself something of a barefoot social worker.
Affectionate documentary by Sky Neal featuring Terry Gray and (presumably after his death) reminiscences of some who knew him.
And here's a short film featuring Seamas Carey & Callum Mitchell, and shot by Morgan Lowndes. It's split into four parts with each part done in one take:
2: The 5am Song
3: You & Me
4: La Belle Dame De La Campagne
Images from Shiver Me Timbers
Gray died in 2009 (here's an obituary at the SalvoNews blog) and the yard has been run since by his son Joe.
However in late 2011 the site owners applied for - and received - planning permission to raze the site and build a house on it.
With a double garage.
There was an article about it (illustrated with a dreary picture which somehow contrived to convey none of the charm of the place)
and a discussion on the This Is Cornwall
news-site. You can add comments there (but need to register to do so)
There was also a
post on the SalvoNews blog.
As far as I can see there's been no suggestion of any alternative to the landowner's propsed development, if they choose to go ahead with it.
Joe seemed phlegmatic about it when I asked him about it.
When I visited Shiver Me Timbers it was at Long Rock, just outside Penzance going towards St Michael's Mount, but it has since moved to Truthwall Industrial Estate at Crowlas (about 3miles from the old site), postcode TR20 9BW.
Tel: 01736 711338
(from its SalvoWeb listing)
Here's where it is generally in relation to Cornwall & South-West England - click for close-up Google map.