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From: "Stephen Treseder" <>
Subject: Re: Penny come quick
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 22:15:27 +0100
The "explanation" of Pennycomequick highlights what is today known as an "urban myth" - ie when an attempt is made by the ignorant to 'explain' what they don't understand, especially years ago as in 1853.
It is actually Celtic - the language spoken by the original British before those johnny-come -lately AngloSaxons helped themselves to our country (!)
' Pen-y-cwm-gweek ' means "the head of the valley creek (ie an entrant to the sea.) Pennycomequick in Plymouth originally connected with the open sea & one can trace the valley out still today.
There is a pub at the present incredibly busy roundabout there whose sign still perpetuates the error.
Last year the Falmouth Art gallery put on an exhibition of early records and pictures of Falmouth -one early name of which was Pennycomequick - in the days when nearby Penryn was the ancient port. I was horrified to see the same old rubbish about the 'pennies coming quickly' put out as a large notice by whoever mounted the exhibition. Obviously not a Cornish person, but one does expect more from curators. Doubtless a lot of visitors went away with heads full of another bit of tourist flimflam .
Gans oll bolunjeth an gwella dyworth Kernow --with all the best from Cornwall.
Stephen Treseder, Perranporth, Cornwall [next door to England] CFHS: 4822
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