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Penzance set to celebrate 400th anniversary of charter day

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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Penzance set to celebrate 400th anniversary of charter day

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Penzance is set to mark the 400th anniversary of the town charter with a new boundary stone and a day of Jacobean festivities.

King James I granted a Royal Charter to Penzance in 1614 and four inscribed stones were erected in 1687 to mark the points where the boundary was crossed by the main roads into the Borough at Chyandour, Chapel St Clare, Alverton and Wherrytown.

The stones marked the boundaries of the town as defined in the Royal Charter – a half mile radius from the Market Cross which, at that time, stood in the Greenmarket.

The Market Cross is now sited outside the entrance to Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penlee Park.

When the boundary of the borough of Penzance was expanded in 1934, seven new boundary stones were erected at Posses Lane, Trenow, Mousehole, Sheffield, Tredarvoe, Tregavarah and Heamoor.

On Friday, May 9 one of the remaining 17th century boundary stones will be re-dedicated at St Clare and a new boundary stone has been commissioned to replace the one at Wherrytown which, it is believed, was removed during the development of the Promenade.

This stone will be erected at Wherrytown later in the year.

Following the re-dedication service, the celebrations will continue with a Jacobean Fayre at Penzance Cricket Club (1pm to 5pm).

This will include maypole dancing, demonstrations of Jacobean crafts, dancing and music, refreshments from the period and a traditional fair along with performances by local schoolchildren and a range of craft and produce stalls.

The day has been organised by Penzance Town Council and a host of partner organisations and volunteers including Penwith College, Penzance Cricket Club, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance Farmers’ Market, Humphry Davy School, Mounts Bay Academy local primary schools and many more organisations and individuals.

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