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22 Features
Penlee Quarry Railway Opens   (14 December 1902)

It's 1902 and following a strike at the quarry James Runnalls has decided he needs more modern haulage to get his stone to Newlyn harbour.....

Dogged by Misfortune in Mount's Bay   (24 November 1908)

The flake plague has struck. The flake, or dogfish as it's widely known is a species of shark and has a particular liking for herring ...........

Newlyn lugger Mystery sets out for Australia   (18 November 1854)

Depressed economic conditions can produce extreme reactions, as the Cornish diaspora bears witness. But among the tens of thousands leaving Cornwall's shores few did so in such dramatic fashion as the seven Newlyn fishermen who set sail for Australia on the 16 ton lugger Mystery on 18th November 1854. 

And They're Off - Roaring Away from Newlyn   (28 October 1921)

Thirty contestants are participating in a round-Penwith race which will end at Penzance Pavilion. Crowds have gathered, medals have been truck and maintenance completed. Newlyn has never seen the like! 

Mary Kelynack of Newlyn - the True Story   (24 October 1851)

In 1851 Mary Kelynack, an elderly woman from Newlyn, walked to London over the course of five weeks. Did she really set off to see the Queen, or the Great Exhibition, or was it something else?

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.

At the Mercy of Sea and Tide   (8 October 1929)

It’s 9.15 of a Tuesday morning, and the Swift – with Captain John Jacka at the helm – is heading out to sea. Captain Jacka is proud of the Swift: she’s a long-liner, only seven years old, with a proper motor.

Newlyn's Rouffignac Passes for Master   (24 August 1898)

On 24th August 1898 Ambrose Rouffignac of Newlyn passed his Master's Certificate. He was now a master mariner but who was this man with the strange foreign sounding name?

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. 

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