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14 Features
A Headache for Henry Boase   (23 October 1816)

Penzance Corporation borrowed and spent a lot of money in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Mayor Henry Boase was one of those who found himself dealing with the consequences........

Away on the Morning Tide   (19 October 1937)

Cornishman, Thursday, 21st October. Newlyn, Tuesday.
With sunlight streaming across the Bay, the Rosebud set sail this morning from Newlyn.

The West Penwith Hearth Tax   (29 September 1664)

1660: The restoration of the Monarchy, good times all round with the Merry Monarch and his friends and supporters. But this is a king who is a bit short of his own resources so how are the good times going to be paid for? People can be difficult to count, they move about, let's try hearths!

The St Ives Slum Clearances   (9 August 1934)

Beauty of St Ives: Will it be Spoiled by Slum Clearance? The Cornishman's succinct summary of the controversial proposals for the future of St Ives in 1834…..

The Estate of Henry Tyes of Alverton   (25 June 1322)

It is not easy to find any document from almost 700 years ago but Penzance is fortunate in that one is held in the National Archives of today’s date. It describes the property of Henry Tyes, who held the manor of Alverton.

1841 Census of Penwith   (6 June 1841)

The first modern census of the UK was taken on Sunday 6 June 1841. Four national census enumerations had been taken previously in 1801, 1811, 1821 and 1831 but these had been purely numeric, except where names were collected locally as in St Hilary in 1801..............

Penzance Charter of Incorporation   (9 May 1614)

Hear ye, hear ye. From this day forth the Common Seal of the Borough of Penzance shall be the head of John the Baptist, on a platter, as demanded by Salome of King Herod II - nice pun terrible association.......

Penzance Market Charter   (25 April 1332)

On 25 April 1332 Penzance was granted a charter to hold a weekly market. Why was it granted then in particular and why is it important?

This is Tomorrow!   (21 April 1966)

There’s no doubt about it: the world is changing, and for the better. The Russians have orbited the moon, The Spencer Davis Group are topping the charts, and Harold Wilson is back in for a second term. But locally? Open your copy of the Cornishman, folks, and see what you shall see...................

Census in Penwith 1861   (7 April 1861)

A census has been taken every 10 years from 1801 until 2011, covering England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.....

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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