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 Welcome to Penryn Town Council

Penryn is one of Cornwall’s most ancient towns, founded in 1216 with a wealth of charm, character and history.  Standing at the head of the Penryn River, it occupies a sheltered position and was a port of some significance in the 15th century.

Medieval Penryn owed its existence to its harbour as its promontory site sits between two river channels on a branch of a tidal estuary.  It was a planted town designed to stimulate economic activity and was already a thriving port, with lively markets and fairs in the main square, by the late 16th century while neighbouring Falmouth was only beginning to develop.

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