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 18th August 1663

Penzance Joins the Coinage Towns

On 18th August 1663 Charles II issued letters patent to”appointe our Towne of Pensanse within our said stannery of Penwith and Kerrier in our said County of Cornwall to bee from henceforth for ever one of the Coynage Townes…..”


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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

Managing Without Maps part one: Dykes, disputes, and the Drama of being on the right side

Despite occasional annoyances, most of us love our GPS devices.  Before that, we loved our maps. But before reliable maps were available – how did people create, mark and remember boundaries: between parishes, hundreds, one family’s land and another’s?

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