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Nunn's Messiah Wows Penzance   (20 December 1870)

Tuesday 20th December 1870 in St John's Hall: Handel's Messiah under the baton of the estimable Mr J. H. Nunn with soloists of national fame including the celebrated James Maybrick.

Solomon Browne: The Loss of the Penlee Lifeboat   (19 December 1981)

The loss of the Solomon Browne exposed with all too chilling clarity the harsh reality of life on Cornwall's romantic granite coast.

U-1209 Hits Wolf Rock   (18 December 1944)

Not knowing where you are at sea is never good but picking a fight with a lighthouse can only have one winner....

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.

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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>St Michael's Mount from the Coast Path by Penzance station., Penwith Local History Group
This month's featured photograph:

St Michael's Mount from the Coast Path by Penzance station.

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>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<br>The Nine Maidens Stone Circle., Penwith Local History Group