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A New Feather in the Penzance Cap
(On This Day: 20 November 1839)

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........

Batten Resigns from Levant Mine
(On This Day: 7 November 1849)

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.....

Birth of Joseph Carne
(On This Day: 17 April 1782)

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...........

Davies Giddy FRS: St Erth boy makes good
(On This Day: 17 November 1791)

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.

Death of Banker
(On This Day: 9 July 1920)

Charles Campbell Ross: Scoundrel, Fantasist or Fool?

First Meeting of the Penzance Library Committee
(On This Day: 13 May 1818)

Sir Rose Price elected President of the new Penzance Library, Dr Forbes as Honorary Librarian.

Richard Pentreath born in Mousehole
(On This Day: 1 August 1806)

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.

Paul,   Arts
Royal Geological Society of Cornwall
(On This Day: 11 February 1814)

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
(On This Day: 3 April 1808)

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.


The First Mineralogical Map of St Just
(On This Day: 9 October 1821)

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.

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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>Three of the Nine Maidens, Zennor Hill in background., Penwith Local History Group
This month's featured photograph:

Three of the Nine Maidens, Zennor Hill in background.

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>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