Penryn
Penryn

Penryn

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Penryn

Penryn


Penryn is an ancient borough and town originally founded in 1216 and standing on the Penryn River, a tributary of the Fal River.

Penryn is far older than Falmouth, its neighbour. An important eccliastical centre for three hundred years between the 13th and 16th centuries, Penryn became less important in this respect at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539. Glasney Collegiate Church and those who lost their lives in the Prayer Book Rebellion is today commemorated by a granite monument which stands at the junction of the B3292 and the road to the town centre.

Many buildings survive from the Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian periods and have now been restored, within the Penryn Conservation Area, since the recognition of Penryn's architectural importance in the late 1970s.

The Parish Church is dedicated to St Gluvias and stands apart from the main town high above Penryn River.

Industrially, Penryn was famous for its granite which has been used in the construction of lighthouses, harbours and sea defences as far apart as the Thames Embankment and Singapore Harbour.

A play demonstrating the lure of money and its effects on human behaviour is told based on the true story of a young man from a Penryn family. The Penryn Tragedy tells the story of a young sailor who left home and made his fortune and then returned to bring the good news to his parents who ran an inn in the town. Unfortunately, as a prank, the young man disguised himself, and his parents, overcome with the temptation of acquiring the wealth of the young stranger, murdered him. It was only when his sister, who was aware of his plan, came to visit, that the tragedy of what had occured unfolded.

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Penryn has a busy shopping centre with many nautically related businesses and a range of accommodation available.






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Situated on the South coast of Cornwall.

In the Truro - Falmouth Area.

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