Friday, April 26, 2013

Penzance

Panorama of Penzance (Cornwall) by Mark Twyning.

Penzance (population: 21.000) is the most westerly major town in Cornwall, UK. In medieval times and later, Penzance was subject to frequent raiding by Barbary Pirates.

 

Penzance was the birthplace of the chemist Sir Humphry Davy. He invented the process of electrolysis, was the first person to discover laughing gas, and he proved (with Michael Faraday) that diamonds are made of pure carbon.

Penzance is the home of the pirates in Gilbert and Sullivan's famous comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance (1879).

The seal of Penzance with the head of St. John on a platter.

In June, during the Golowan Festival, a Mock Mayor is elected as a parody of the official office of Mayor ( a tradition found in a number of communities throughout the British Isles)

From Penzance you can fly or take the ferry to the Scilly Islands.

next episode: Scilly Islands

3 comments:

  1. Frankly speaking, that seal of Penzance seems a kind of label of beer... :-)

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  2. Some people see beer everywhere... :)

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  3. Also the home of the Cornish pasty, a world famous pastry from the westernmost county in England.

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