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The Hayle to Bristol Packet Ship Herald   (24 September 1831)

The steam packet ship Herald made her first voyage from Bristol to Hayle on 24 September 1831, ushering a new service which would bring numerous benefits to west Cornwall over the next 30 years.

Perfect Jelly at Dynamite Towans   (4 September 1894)

Elisha Trewartha is settling into the working day. He’s a “middle-aged man… the foreman” at Upton Towans Dynamite Works, Gwithian.


Death on Hayle Docks   (16 March 1908)

It’s first thing Monday morning. Never a good time, not for anyone who has to work for a living, but on the deck of the steamer Hayle the men are getting back into harness for another normal week’s routine.

Steamship Cornubia Launched at Hayle   (27 February 1858)

Cornubia was the only iron passenger vessel ever built in Cornwall and between 4000 and 5000 people are estimated to have turned up to watch the launch. 

Chartists arrive in Hayle   (12 February 1840)

arrived the Usk steamer from Bristol, having on Board the three Chartists (Frost, Jones and Williams) who were condemned to death for high treason after the late riots at Newport,"

Explosion at Dynamite Towans   (5 January 1904)

At first, it feels like an earthquake. Windows shatter in Penzance, and oscillation disturbs mid-morning visitors to St John’s Hall. At St Ives, shops lose their plate glass and roofs are damaged. The earth rumbles; a “dull, hollow boom” is in the air. But then the rumours start.....

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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>Greenburrow Engine House, Ding Dong Mine., Penwith Local History Group
This month's featured photograph:

Greenburrow Engine House, Ding Dong Mine.

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>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<br>The Nine Maidens Stone Circle., Penwith Local History Group