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.
A searchable archive of mainly local British newspaper titles including most editions of the Cornishman, Cornish Telegraph, Cornish Times, Royal Cornwall Gazette, Sherborne Mercury, West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser. Although the scanning is sometimes imperfect – and searches will therefore often miss important items – the text can be exported into Word. You can subscribe for a fixed period, or pay as you go.
Materials from this Collection are housed at Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, and can be viewed by appointment with us in Archives & Special Collections, Level 0, The Exchange. Make use of the online catalogue before your visit. Records of Camborne School of Mines, along with other relevant resources, are also deposited with Kresen Kernow in Redruth.
Alma Place, Redruth, TR15 2AT Tel: 01209 216760
See Kresen Kernow
Cornwall Record Office, Old County Hall, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3AY Tel: 01782323127
See Kresen Kernow
This is a search engine that provides some useful links
The website of Cornwall Council Historic Environment Service. Includes the Historic Environment Record, Access to Monuments (a guide to historic sites), Flying Past (aerial photography), Mining World heritage and the urban and industrial settlement surveys. Linked to the mapping service which can provide invaluable insights but needs a bit of persistence to come to to terms with it.
Kresen Kernow is home to the world’s largest collection of documents, books, maps and photographs related to Cornwall’s history, and is now (since 2019) housed in a state-of-the-art new archive centre built in the shell of the former Redruth Brewery. The website includes guides tio the available resources and a search facility.
For anyone researching Cornish history, Kresen Kernow – easily accessible by public transport – is recommended as the first port of call.
Morrab Library, Morrab Gardens, Penzance, TR18 4DA tel: 01736 364474
Penzance subscription library established in 1818. Two hundred years of collection building has seen the gathering of some real treasures and resources of real value to local historians.
Cross Street, Redruth, TR15 2BU.