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14 Features
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.......

Hain Elected for St Ives   (5 October 1900)

On 5th October 1900 Edward Hain, fourth of the name of head of  the family shipping business, was elected as M.P. for St Ives.

Peace and Plenty in Penwith   (2 October 1938)

Sunday 2nd October 1938. Chamberlain is back from Munich with his piece of paper and the church sermons give thanks for the lessening of international tensions while, in a less sombre mood, harvest festivals are celebrated across Penwith.

Buns, Bunting and Bombast in St Ives   (28 September 1884)

It's the "first annual demonstration" of the St Ives, Lelant and Towednack United Conservative Association and Mr Charles Ross M.P. is just arriving at the Malakoff, in a carriage and pair I hasten to add........

Rightful Heir Makes Landfall at Sennen?   (7 September 1497)

Whitesands Bay, 7th September 1497. It's just 9 weeks since the execution of An Gof and here's a Plantagenet claimant hoping to rouse the Cornish in pursuit of the throne of England.

Hundreds of Refugees Arrive in St Ives   (29 August 1828)

On 29th August 1828 the Dutch ship Enterprize arrived in St Ives with over 350 refugees on board. Where were they from........

A Newlyn Chartist   (7 August 1877)

In 1838 William Lovett, born in Newlyn in 1800, drafted the People's Charter, a revolutionary document which demanded nothing less than the statutory right of the working man to involvement in the political decision making of the country. 

St Ives votes for Halse AGAIN!   (26 July 1837)

When the secret select are abolished, 
As all of us wish them to be, -
In short, when James Halse is demolished
There’ll be room in the Market for me.

A Name Perpetual   (27 June 1497)

Michael Joseph, a blacksmith from St Keverne on the Lizard, one of the leaders of the Cornish Rebellion of 1497, is reputed to have said on his way to his execution that he would have ‘a name perpetual and a fame permanent and immortal’.


An Unreformed Election in St Ives   (10 June 1828)

The electors of St Ives in the 1820s would have been perplexed by the lack of enthusiasm of today's electorate……………

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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>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

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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>Men-an-Tol., Penwith Local History Group<br>The Nine Maidens Stone Circle., Penwith Local History Group