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To Robert Davy and his wife Grace, a son, Humphry, Penzance 1778   (17 December 1778)

Probably Cornwall's most famous scientist, Humphry Davy was fortunate to be born at a time when west Cornwall was a place at the centre of technological achievement.

No Stone Unturned: Royal Geological Society of Cornwall AGM   (16 December 1950)

Sixty seven years ago the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall was holding its annual general meeting in Penzance, just as it does today and as it has done each year since 1814.

Levant Mine Financier Dies in London   (15 December 1839)

Lewis Charles Daubuz lived in Truro and died in London but he was a significant personality in the affairs of Penwith.......

Windows of Opportunity - or, Smashing the Opposition in Penzance   (14 December 1885)

The 'supporters' of Charles Campbell Ross are a destructive bunch but presented with a window of opportunity they can have a smashing time with the best of them.......

Electric Fluid in Penzance   (13 December 1846)

A house struck by electric fluid, bell wires burnt out but plaster more or less unscathed.....

The Cape Cornwall Pillar of Fire   (12 December 1846)

"A pillar of fire, exceedingly vivid and apparently the thickness of a man's arm" between sea and sky where it spread out with “splendid coruscations followed by a terrific peal of thunder”. Not a performance of Elijah in the St Just Wesleyan but an electrical storm.....

A New Synagogue for Penzance   (11 December 1807)

On 11th December 1807 the Jews of Penzance celebrated taking possession of their newly built synagogue, built with the assistance of Joseph Branwell.

Copper on the Rocks in St Ives   (10 December 1846)

Today the Pedn Olva in St Ives is a place with a fine view up to Trevose Head where you might enjoy a scotch on the rocks but on 10 December 1846 it was a ship on the rocks, the Thomas  of St Ives.

A Slave Ship in St Ives   (9 December 1825)

Slave trading in illegal but slavers still sail the seas...

The Loss of the Trevessa   (7 December 1923)

The loss of the Trevessa, a Hain Line ship, happened in a remote area of the Indian Ocean and was followed by 1700 mile voyage to safety in open boats. The final meeting of the investigation into the ship's loss took place 7th December 1923.

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Penwith Local History Group

c/o Morrab Library
Morrab Gardens
Penzance, Cornwall
TR18 4DA

Penwith Local History Group, Penzance, Cornwall
Penwith Local History Group
Penzance, Cornwall

The Morrab Library showing the new extension
The Morrab Library showing the new extension.
Photo Glyn Richards

<br>The Nine Maidens Stone Circle., Penwith Local History Group
This month's featured photograph:

The Nine Maidens Stone Circle.

Photograph by Ted Mole

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<br>Coastline near Zennor., Penwith Local History Group<br>Chysauster looking east to Mulfra Hill., Penwith Local History Group<br>St Michael's Mount from the Coast Path by Penzance station., Penwith Local History Group<br>Marazion from St Michael's Mount., Penwith Local History Group<br>Greenburrow Engine House, Ding Dong Mine., Penwith Local History Group<br>Marazion from St Michael's Mount, Trencrom on skyline., Penwith Local History Group<br>Three of the Nine Maidens, Zennor Hill in background., Penwith Local History Group<br>Levant Mine from the south showing the leat in the foreground, left to right the calciner, stamps and compressor stacks and the whim and pumping engine houses in the centre with the Skip Shaft headframe., Penwith Local History Group<br>Higher Bal, Levant Mine. Engine house for dual purpose pumping and winding engine. Stonecrop in foreground., Penwith Local History Group<br>Causeway to St Michael's Mount on the ebb tide., Penwith Local History Group<br>Men-an-Tol., Penwith Local History Group