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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.

Batten Resigns from Levant Mine   (7 November 1849)

The name Batten had been synonymous with Levant since the reopening in 1820 but in 1849 John Batten IV brought the association to an end.....

Lords Leave Levant Leaseless   (29 October 1869)

There's something fishy about the closure and reopening of Levant Mine in 1871, and it's nothing to do with being under the sea..............

Disaster at Levant Mine   (20 October 1919)

The second worst accident in the history of mining in Cornwall happened at Levant Mine on 20th October 1919. Thirty one men were killed and 19 were recorded as injured when the Levant man engine rod crashed down the shaft carrying with it its human cargo of miners coming up to grass from the morning core.

There be Gold in them there Gravel Pits in St Keverne   (10 October 1895)

The St Keverne gold rush: Ballarat expert forecasts bright future.

The First Mineralogical Map of St Just   (9 October 1821)

On the 9th October 1821 Joseph Carne presented a paper to the Annual Meeting the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall on the Mineral Productions and the Geology of St Just. The paper included the first mineralogical map of the St Just Mining District.

The Wildman of Levant Mine   (26 September 1876)

100 degrees fahrenheit, high humidity, low oxygen, quarter of a mile out under the Atlantic ocean and about 1500 feet beneath the ocean floor. Why would anyone want to go to such a place...............

Registration of the While an Cruen Ton Gwynn tinworks at Calartha, St Just.   (3 September 1502)

Between 1498 and 1508 the itinerant Stannary Court at Lelant registered at least 10 St Just tinbounds. While an Cruen ton Gwynn was registered on 3rd September 1502.

The Obscure Life and Death of Susanna Trevorrow   (25 August 1854)

Susanna Trevorrow was a bal maiden who was crushed to death when a mine burrow collapsed on her in August 1854.

Penzance Joins the Coinage Towns   (18 August 1663)

On 18th August 1663 Charles II issued letters patent to”appointe our Towne of Pensanse within our said stannery of Penwith and Kerrier in our said County of Cornwall to bee from henceforth for ever one of the Coynage Townes…..”

 



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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