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Penzance, Cornwall

Architecture and Heritage


Old Ones, Neglected Ones


The South side of Market Jew Street is “Betjaman’s Slough”,

a mediocre collection of drab lifeless architectural disasters,

and I will not honour it with a photograph. … “come friendly bombs …”


Besides the Star and older cottages towards the station,

there are but two buildings of any note.

The Post Office - built 1883

The curious proportion and odd massing is due to the fact that the building had an

extra storey added later, before 1905, and the odd pediment added over the door face.

The first floor façade is an addition, the second floor being the original first floor, rebuilt.

This Gem, more than worthy of this description, is down the street.

Nr 99, Market Jew Street.

Seriously neglected, but

it is the only building on the South side of Market Jew Street

with any architectural merit at all.

Clearly the glazing bar arrangement in the lower sashes have replaced

the original more delicate original bars.

The frontage appears to date from c1870.

Look out for it before it disappears.



Raymond Forward