Penryn  Cornwall


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Penryn like this:

PENRYN, a town and a sub-district in Falmouth district, Cornwall. The town is in St. Gluvias parish; stands on a creek of Falmouth harbour, and on the Falmouth branch of the Cornwall railway, 2 miles N W of Falmouth; dates from ancient times; was held by the Osbornes, under the bishops of Exeter; had a seat of the Bishops, and also a college founded about 1270 by Bishop Bronscombe; is a borough by prescription; was firstchartered by James I.; is governed, under the new act, by a mayor, 4 aldermen, and 12 councillors; forms part of the parliamentary borough of Falmouth; stands partlyon a declivity, partly in a sheltered and very fertile valley; consists chiefly of one wide street, and two or threenarrow ones; and has a head post-office, † a railway station with telegraph, a hotel, a bridge, a town hall, a market house, a mechanics' institution and news-room, a church, 3 dissenting chapels, and a slightly endowedgrammar school. ...

A weekly market is held on Saturday; fairs are held on the Wednesday after 6 March, 12 May, 7 July, 8 Oct., and 21 Dec.; and fisheries, a coasting-trade. and some ship-building are carried on. The chiefexports are early vegetables and granite; and the latterhas long been known for its fine grain, and was used in the construction of Waterloo bridge and Chatham docks. Acres of the borough, 325; of which 35 are water. Real property, £7, 675. Pop. in 1851, 3, 759; in 1861, 3, 547. Houses, 700. The sub-district is conterminate with St. Gluvias parish.

Penryn through time

Penryn is now part of Carrick district. Click here for graphs and data of how Carrick has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Penryn itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Penryn, in Carrick and Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd June 2021

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