By Tim Lambert

Early Penzance

1284 Penzance is first mentioned in history

1332 Penzance is given a charter (a document granting the people certain rights). Penzance becomes a small but busy market town. It also has an annual fair.

1404 Penzance is given 2 weekly markets and 3 annual fairs

1512 Henry VIII gives Penzance the right to keep the harbour dues

1578 Penzance suffers an outbreak of plague

1595 The Spanish sack and burn Penzance

1614 Penzance is given a mayor and a corporation

1647 Penzance has another outbreak of plague

1648 Penzance is plundered by soldiers again

1663 King Charles I makes Penzance a coinage town, where tin is weighed and taxed

1740 A battery of guns is built to defend Penzance against attack

1743 Penzance gains its first fire engine

1768 The first Jewish Synagogue is built in Penzance

1770 Penzance has a population of about 3,000

1779 A grammar school is founded in Penzance

1797 The first bank opens in Penzance

19th Century Penzance

1801 Penzance has a population of 3,382

1826 North Parade is built

1827 Clarence Street is built

1829 Victoria Place is built

1830 Penzance gains gas street light. Penzance gains a piped water supply

1835 Adelaide Street is built

1838 The Egyptian House is built

1839 Regent Square is built. Penzance gains its first newspaper

1847 The Albert Pier is built

1852 The railway reaches Penzance

1866 Wharf Road is built

1873 An infirmary opens in Penzance

1884 A floating dock is built

1889 Morrab Gardens opens

1893 Princess Mary Recreation Ground opens

Modern Penzance

1901 Penzance has a population of 13,136

1903 Alexandra Grounds opens

1901 Penzance gains electric street lights. Penzance gains its first cinema.

1926 The Winter Gardens open

1933 St Anthony Gardens open

1949 Penlee House opens to the public

1991 A National Lighthouse Museum opens

1999 Wharfside Shopping Centre opens

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