It's 1839, coinage is gone in Penzance business is flourishing and professional men of the town need a new club in which to meet, one that rises above the humdrum everyday........
The name Batten had been synonymous with Levant since the reopening in 1820 but in 1849 John Batten IV brought the association to an end.....
Although born in Truro, Joseph Carne probably ranks as one one of Penzance's most eminent sons, a man whose days seem to have 48 hours in them, so much does he achieve...........
Between 1790 and 1830 a number of west Cornishmen were elected Fellows of the Royal Society including Humphry Davy, Joseph Carne, John Hawkins and on 17th November 1791, Davies Giddy, who would go on to become the Society's President.
Charles Campbell Ross: Scoundrel, Fantasist or Fool?
Sir Rose Price elected President of the new Penzance Library, Dr Forbes as Honorary Librarian.
Richard Pentreath was one of the most accomplished artists of his generation and his works give an invaluable insight into west Cornwall's places and people before the Newlyn School painters were even born.
Royal Cornwall Gazette, 19 February 1814 reported that a meeting was held on Friday 11th February to look into the formation of a geological society for Cornwall.
Samuel Pidwell, son of Thomas and Elizabeth, was baptised in Paul on 3 April 1808. He's not the most famous son of Penwith when compared to Davies Gilbert or Humphry Davy but he had significant local influence and his activities were many and varied.
On the 9th October 1821 Joseph Carne presented a paper to the Annual Meeting the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall on the Mineral Productions and the Geology of St Just. The paper included the first mineralogical map of the St Just Mining District.