Penzance Heritage Plaques

Heritage Plaques in Penzance.

Penzance Town Council recently launched a Heritage Plaque scheme that will celebrate individuals who have lived in Penzance. The scheme will, in time, be extended to cover the whole of the parish and will be developed in tandem with the existing Town Trails, identifying particular buildings where prominent individuals were born, lived, worked and/or died. The plaques will identify what particular contribution that individual made either locally or further afield.


The Town Council is very keen to involve as many people as possible in identifying individuals who have made a significant contribution to the community. If you have any suggestions for potential candidates, please contact the Town Clerk, Simon Glasson. We are looking for a very wide range of occupations but the scheme can only include those who have been deceased for over 10 years. It includes people born in the town or those who have lived or visited perhaps for a short time but have made a major contribution to the community.  Penzance is a relatively small town but one remarkably rich in people who have made major contributions not only to the life of this town but to national life and indeed to other countries as well. It seems appropriate now to celebrate these people as well as the historical sites associated with them. 


Two plaques have already been erected:


Thomas Holloway 1800 - 1883 - The Turk's Head Inn, Chapel Street.

When young his parents became licensees of the Turks Head Inn. He left for France in 1820s and then moved to London in 1831. He sold patent medicines and became one of England's richest men. He built Holloway College for women. Now a part of the University of London, a very distinctive college at Egham, Surrey and one still bearing his name as founder.




Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth 1757-1833 - Lived for about 5 years at Hawkes Farm, Alverton. 

He had a very distinguished naval career during the Napoleonic Wars and recognised by King George III with his peerage. His younger brother, Sir Israel Pellew 1758-1832 was also a naval officer leading to Admiral.


The Town Council would like suggestions of appropriate people with the reasons for their inclusion. This scheme will develop over the years, however, it is important to identify the first few and for everyone living in the town to have the opportunity to suggest their own favourites.

It is important that if you have information, it should include an identifiable building and the dates that the person lived/worked there (if possible). Also it is on the understanding that the current owner of the property will consent to a plaque being put on the building.