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Penzance, Cornwall - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"


Penzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall. It is the most westerly major town in Cornwall.

Granted various royal charters from 1512 onwards and incorporated on 9 May 1614.

Penzance—Pennsans; "holy headland" in the Cornish language—refers to the location of a chapel nowadays called St Anthony's that is said to have stood over a thousand years ago on the headland to the west of what became Penzance Harbour.

There are no early documents mentioning an actual dedication to St Anthony which seems to depend entirely on tradition and may be groundless.

The only remaining object from this chapel is a carved figure, now largely eroded, known as "St Raffidy" which can be found in the churchyard of the parish church of St Mary's near the original site of the chapel. Until the 1930s this history was also reflected in the choice of symbol for the town, the severed "holy head" of St John the Baptist.

It can still be seen on the civic regalia of the Mayor of Penzance and on several important landmarks in the town.

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