Keigwin House

Alexandra Road, Penzance, TR18 4LZ, United Kingdom
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The Pirates of Penzance

by TheWanderingCamel

If you ask today where to find the Pirates of Penzance, you will be directed to the premises of the Penzance and Newlyn Rugby Football Club, aka "The Pirates".

Originally there were two clubs, in Newlyn and in Penzance, but they amalgamated in1945. Relations between the two were not always harmonious; we are told that between 1929 and 1932, fixtures between the two were cancelled by the police in the interest of public order!

They play today in perfect agreement, and the club is known as fielding a pretty good side. They have regular fixtures with such clubs as Cardiff, Guy's Hospital and the Barbarians who usually do a West Country tour, and the Pirates are not horribly outclassed.

The Mennaye Field where they play is tidily situated about half way between the two towns, and they are heartily supported by the whole of West Penwith.

Forget the Pirates!

by surfgatinho

"Bit o' History"

The name Penzance comes from the Cornish pen sans, which means holy head. This refers to the headland (near the present harbour area) where a chapel stood over 1,000 years ago.
The name was later interpreted for the towns symbol, the head of John the Baptist.

The earliest traces to be found in Penzance are at the opposite side of the town, at the top of what is now known as Castle hill, overlooking the bay. Lescudjack Castle is a huge Iron Age castle or hill fort covering 3 acres of ground. With this in mind don't be too disappointed if you can't find it or if when you do you can't see it! It is mostly piles of rocks and earth - to make sense of it requires an ariel view.

Penzance's more recent history revolved first around the harbour and later around the railway.
The harbour dates back to the time of Henry VIII and up until the 1800s the towns prosperity grew along with the harbour. It was mainly used for trading, particularly local tin and as a result declined along with the rest of the mining industry.

It was the coming of the railway and tourism which breathed new life into Penzance. The West Cornwall Railway arrived in the 1850s and with it a host of well to do Victorians all looking for some sea air and mild weather to improve their constitutions.
Although the towns tourist heyday is long gone, its legacy can still be seen with the Promenade and outdoor bathing pool.


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