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 28th March 1804

Captain Josias Sincock of St Ives Captured by French

The Channel swarmed with French privateers that seized English merchant vessels on an almost daily basis. This was the fate of the brig, Friendship – a vessel of 15 tons burthen, built at Swansea in 1801 and partly owned by Josias Sincock of St Ives.

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Our new publication is now available:

Women of West Cornwall. A Publication by the Penwith Local History Group
"Women of West Cornwall"
Edited by Pam Lomax

price £10.00
plus p&p


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The Penwith Papers

Penzance Sanitary Conditions in 1849

The paving was not only “vile” in itself, but covered with “filth of every description”. Anyone walking the streets on wet night, the newspaper excitedly warned, ran the serious risk of “being covered with mud and afterwards breaking your neck”.

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