History 1900’s

January 1, 1909

The Illuminated Clock

The black faced town clock is replaced with an illuminated clock (the old gearing is on display in the museum).

January 1, 1909
January 1, 1918

WWI

62 men from Penryn lose their lives during WWI.
8 naval and 54 army servicemen.

January 1, 1918
January 1, 1919

Tremough Destroyed by Fire

The clock tower and stable block of the Georgian mansion, at Tremough are destroyed in a fire. Penryn fire brigade attend this fire.

January 1, 1919
January 1, 1928

Chamber of Commerce

Penryn Chamber of Commerce is formed.

January 1, 1928
January 1, 1929

WI Founded

Penryn Women’s Institute is founded.

January 1, 1929
January 1, 1936

Swing Bridge Replacement

Penryn Swing Bridge is replaced by a fixed bridge and is opened by the minister of transport Mr. I. Hore-Belisha.

January 1, 1936
January 1, 1939

Air Raids

The town hall is used as the Penryn air raid service centre.

January 1, 1939
January 1, 1941

Penryn Bombed

Penryn is bombed and 18 people lose their lives. 
23 homes, shops, the church institute, which was used as the Royal British Legion headquarters and a paper mill, are destroyed.

January 1, 1941
January 1, 1943

Tremough Convent

Tremough becomes a convent school run by the order of Les Filles de la Croix.

January 1, 1943
January 1, 1965

Freemans Granite Closes

Freeman’s granite works closes after more than 250 years.

January 1, 1965
January 1, 1973

Audierne Twinning

Penryn is twinned with Audierne in Brittany.

January 1, 1973
January 1, 1973

The Museum Opens

Penryn museum opens.

January 1, 1973
January 1, 1974

Penryn Town Council

Penryn town council takes over from the former borough council.

January 1, 1974
January 1, 1975

A Conservation Area

Parts of Penryn are designated as an outstanding conservation area. Tudor, Jacobean, Queen Anne and Georgian properties are in very poor condition and in danger of collapse, with 42% having no fixed baths.

January 1, 1975
January 1, 1976

Housing Action Plan

The conservation area is declared and a housing action plan called the Penryn Project begins.

January 1, 1976
January 1, 1977

Penryn Town Band

Penryn town band is formed.

January 1, 1977
January 1, 1980

Penryn Town Fair

Penryn revives its annual town fair.

January 1, 1980
January 1, 1982

Properties Restored

More than 200 properties restored, with 104 listed as buildings of special architectural and historic importance. 

January 1, 1982
January 1, 1986

The Friends of Glasney

A local society, The Friends of Glasney, is founded.

January 1, 1986