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10 Features
A New Synagogue for Penzance   (11 December 1807)

On 11th December 1807 the Jews of Penzance celebrated taking possession of their newly built synagogue, built with the assistance of Joseph Branwell.

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.....

A New Church for Penzance   (25 November 1835)

St Mary's church has been gradually taking shape on the Penzance skyline over the last three years and today, 25th November 1835, the first service in the new church takes place.

The Opening of the St Just Wesleyan Methodist Chapel   (27 September 1833)

The St Just Wesleyan Chapel is a huge place, in its day it regularly hosted congrations in excess of 1000 people. Opened in 1833 it is a monument to a cultural moment which has now passed in into history but the iconic building still seems to draw the people......

A New Face in St Just   (30 July 1743)

In 1744 it was said that St Just  was "so very populous…..it is impossible to know the exact number..” Rapid expansion in mining was attracting lots of incomers to the district, but not all were miners......

Newlyn Welcomes Wesley for the First Time   (12 July 1747)

John Wesley visited Newlyn on fourteen occasion. Today, 12 July, is the anniversary of his first visit in 1747...

Riot Act Read at Morvah   (10 July 1745)

What does Morvah have in common with Peterloo? Answer, the Riot Act was read in both places. Why was the Riot Act read in Morvah? Read on........

Wesley v Usticke in St Just   (3 July 1745)

The Wesley brothers visited St Just on more than 30 occasions but John Wesley's encounter with Squire Stephen Usticke of Botallack is one of the more bizarre events to arise from these frequent visitations of west Cornwall.....

Laying the Foundation Stone at Pendeen Church   (24 June 1850)

Parish of Pendeen was created by the tin and copper mining industry, its church was created by the people of the industry and the human cost of the industry is cut into the stones in the graveyard which surrounds the church.

The Wrath of the Lord in Penzance?   (15 June 1902)

At the Baptist Church, the Reverend Alfred Bird does not look a happy man. To be honest, the congregation perhaps reflect, he hasn’t looked happy for quite a while. But here he is in the pulpit – and what is he saying?

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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