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Birth of Frank Bodilly   (5 December 1860)

Frank Bodilly, the only Cornishman among the initial group of Newlyn artists, and scion of the old Penzance family of Bodilly was born to Thomas Hacker Bodilly and his wife Elizabeth on 5th December 1860.

Penlee Quarry Railway Opens   (14 December 1902)

It's 1902 and following a strike at the quarry James Runnalls has decided he needs more modern haulage to get his stone to Newlyn harbour.....

Penzance: Strip-lighted Castles in the Air   (3 December 1934)

Penzance is looking to the future and Newquay is the competition. Strip lights on the prom, broadcasts concerts and to cap it all, an aerodrome, that'll do it!

Penzance Preventive and Rescue Society: The Last Port in a Storm   (2 December 1931)

Not every tragedy sees the light of day. For very good reasons the work of the Penzance Preventive and Rescue Society  was kept done out of the glare of publicity but it was recorded..... 

William Bolitho: Your Final Day   (1 December 1894)

William Bolitho of Ponsandane has safely returned from his annual 6 week trip to the continent, whither he travelled with his doctor. In recent years he has handsomely endowed Gulval church. Is he perhaps feeling his years?

Major Disturbance in Penzance   (30 November 1883)

Major Davey, a man aquainted with the inner workins of the house of correction in Bodmin is back. He's a man who stirs up strong feelings.....

Bull-baiting at Madron Feast: The End of an Era   (29November)

29th November 1813, the last time a bull was baited at Madron Feast.....

That's Entertainment: A New Penzance Cinema   (28 November 1912)

There a new cinema in Penzance and I predict it will be become on of the longest lived cinemas in the country!

Spy sighted in Penzance   (26 November 1724)

Henric Kalmeter visited Penzance on 25th and 26th November 1724. He's often described a a spy, albeit of the industrial variety. Be that as it may, his journal provides detailed insights into a world which was undergoing some fairly big changes.

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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