Thomas Holloway

1800-1883. Childhood home. Philanthropist and visionary. Founder of Royal Holloway College.

Turk’s Head Inn, Chapel Street,Penzance

19 July 2011

Admiral Sir Edward Pellew, Bart. 1stViscount Exmouth

1757-1833. Lived here from 1765 to 1770

Hawkes Farm, Alverton Street, Penzance

19 July 2011

Walter Langley R.I.

1852-1922. Pioneer of the Newlyn Colony of Artists. Lived here from 1896 until 1919

Westbourne House, Alexandra Road, Penzance

29 September 2014

Harold Harvey

1874-1941. Artist of the Newlyn School. Born here on 20 May 1874

20 North Parade, Penzance

29 September 2014

John Coulson Tregarthen

1854-1933. Educationalist, writer and field naturalist. Born in Penzance and lived here in 1871

‘The Tremenheere’ –Wetherspoons, Market Jew Street, Penzance


31 March 2015

John Divane VC

1823-1888. Awarded the VC for distinguished gallantry during the Indian Mutiny, 10 September 1857. Died here on 1 December 1888 and is buried in Penzance Cemetery.

35 New Street, Penzance

26 June 2015

Dylan Thomas

1914-1953. Poet and writer. Married Caitlin Macnamara in this house on 11 July 1937.

Phoenix House, 8 Parade Street, Penzance


11 July 2015

Walter Barnes

1884 – 1942. Walter Barnes Founder of The Penzance Orchestral Society in 1907 and its conductor until 1941. He was a talented, renowned and influential musician.

Penzance Orchestral Society The Band Room
Queen Street, Penzance

11 July 2015

Agatha Ursula Chirgwin

1898 – 1981. Live and died at Chycelin. First female Mayor of Penzance elected in 1955. Held in very high regard through the borough.


Chycelin, Alverton Terrace, Penzance

25 November 2019

Erected to commemorate the centenary of women achieving the vote in 1918.

John Blight

1835 – 1911. A Cornish archaeological artist whose family moved to Penzance where he was introduced to the study of nature, antiquities, and folk lore.
He was a natural draughtsman and by the age of 20 had published a book on the antiquities of Penwith and a large collection of drawings. His recording of Cornish antiquities includes many that no longer exist. His descriptions and illustrations of them are a valuable source for archaeologists and local historians. In the mid-1860s, Blight had a mental breakdown and was incarcerated for the remainder of his life in Bodmin Mental Asylum.

8 Alverton Terrace, Penzance


George Marsden Waterhouse

1824 – 1906. Son of the Methodist minister, John Waterhouse. He was born in the minister’s lodgings in the house next to the Methodist Chapel in Chapel Street, which has since been demolished.

He became a politician and the Prime Minister of New Zealand between 11 October 1872 – 3 March 1873


Methodist Chapel Hall, Chapel St, Penzance


William Henry Vingoe

1807 – 1888. Taxidermist who was responsible for most of the work in the Rodd Ornithology collection. Lived here from 1860 to 1872.

10 and 10A Victoria Place, Penzance

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