Welcome to the On This Day section of our website where we aim to provide an article for every day of the year. The listing below gives you the 10 most recent articles but using the tools provided you can also filter the database to give more precise results. You can filter by Place or Location or Both or if you need something more precise or flexible you can use our free text-search facility.

Results per page: 

Page 2 of 3
29 Features
Boase Nominated for Mayor of Penzance   (20 September 1816)

20th September 1816: Banker Boase to run for Mayor of Penzance. Mayor for only a single term, one of only five single term Mayors of Penzance between 1800 and 1834, his diary throws light upon the affairs of Penzance in the wake of Napoleon.

The Charmed Life of Walter Tremenheere   (10 September 1761)

Yellow jack, musket balls, cannon balls, flying splinters, power explosions and mutiny - Walter Tremenheere faced them all and emerged unscathed from an active service career in the Marine Corps during the Napoleonic Wars.  

Death of Frances Oats in South Africa   (1 September 1918)

Francis Oats died in Port Elizabeth aged 69 on 1st September 1918. In St Just today his most lasting monument is the the house he build overlooking Cape Cornwall – Porthledden House – built in the years 1907-1909.

The Death of Sir Humphry Davy   (29 May 1829)

Buried in Geneva, commemorated in Westminster Abbey, remembered in Penzance. Sir Humphry Davy died far from home and while he was esteemed by his peers at the Royal Society he was, perhaps, most fondly remembered by the colliers of Britain whose working lives were rendered much safer by the Davy Lamp.

Relativity at the Land's End?   (18 May 1933)

It is rumoured that Professor Albert Eistein, famous as the exponent of the space-time theory, is coming to live at Land's End.


William Limbrey of Zennor   (10 May 1714)

In the PLHG publication Women of West Cornwall Jean Nankervis wrote on Zennor Women and Wills 1600-1750. What Jean was looking for was evidence of how men treated the women in their families.....

Crosbie Garstin, the Jack London of West Penwith   (7 May 1887)

Son of a famous father, traveller, cowboy, lumberjack, soldier, writer and the man credited with creating the inspiration for Poldark – Crosbie Garstin, born Penzance 7 May 1887……...


The Death of Bonaparte   (5 May 1821)

In his diary entry for 7 July 1821 John Tregerthen Short of St Ives wrote, “The news reached St. Ives of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte at St. Helena on May 6th.” He was a day out on the date but……..

Death of Christopher Hawkins of Trewinnard   (28 April 1767)

 Christopher Hawkins of Trewinnard, St Erth, died on 28 April 1767. He'd been born in Cornwall in about 1694...........

William Borlase Becomes Rector of Ludgvan   (22 April 1722)

On 22 April 1722 William Borlase, aged 26, became rector of Ludgvan and so secured, courtesy of his father, a secure living for the rest of his life.

Results per page: 

Page 2 of 3

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>Causeway to St Michael's Mount on the ebb tide., Penwith Local History Group
This month's featured photograph:

Causeway to St Michael's Mount on the ebb tide.

Photograph by Ted Mole

Click on the photo above to view more photos
<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>Men-an-Tol., Penwith Local History Group<br>The Nine Maidens Stone Circle., Penwith Local History Group