Penwith Local History Group
Penwith Local History Group, Newlyn, Cornwall
We research the fascinating history of West Penwith by working with original sources as much as possible. We publish our findings every two or three years.

The Morrab Library showing the new extension
The Morrab Library showing the new extension.
Photo Glyn Richards
On this Day 6th December 1909

Our Perfect Little Fairyland in Penzance

Rinking: it’s already sweeping the nation, and now it can sweep Penzance.The old West of England Knitting Company in New Street has been transformed into “the People’s Palace”.


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Our new publication is now available:

Growing Up in West Cornwall. A Publication by the Penwith Local History Group
"Growing Up in West Cornwall"
Edited by Sally Corbet

price £10.00
plus p&p


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The Penwith Papers

myths and tales of some plants in Morrab Gardens, Penzance

Morrab House with its walled garden was built in 1841 and bought by Penzance Corporation in 1888. The London designer, Reginald Upcher, won the prize of 20 guineas with his plan to turn the three acre site into a public park. The sub-tropical collection was started in the 1880s with contributions of plants from local gentry including the Bolithos of Trengwainton and Trewidden, the Dorian Smiths of Tresco Isles of Scilly, the Boscawen family at Ludgvan, and plants sent from New Zealand by botanist Rev William Colenso.

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