If there is something that you might not know about Cornwall, it’s that it gave the world-famous and very respected Financial Times newspaper its pink colour.
The international daily paper was founded in 1888. Only five years later, on January 2, 1893, it started rocking pink pages.
The paper’s bosses announced at the time: “In order to provide outward features which will distinguish the Financial Times from other journals, a new heading and distinctive features will be introduced, and the paper will be slightly tinted.”
The FT’s new pages were not as pink as they are now, but they grew pinker over the years.
Pink paper was actually cheaper than the white one traditionally used for newspapers.
What is the link to Cornwall?
What gave the Financial Times its pinky colour was a very special clay… from the St Austell area.
China clay is very often used in the production of paper. In this case, the red and pink clay from Bodelva Pit was used.
Boldeva Pit does not exist anymore. Eden Project‘s biomes actually stand where the former clay mine used to be.
The pit had been in use for more than 160 years but, by the mid-1990s it was ‘at the end of its economic life, the Eden Project now reports.
It caught Tim Smit’s eye, was completely transformed and is now the home of a famous attraction which attracts thousands of people every year.