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Who was Frank Latham and what did he do for Penzance?

17/08/2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Captain Frank Latham designed the Jubilee Pool, that much most people know, but what else did he do for the town?

Born in 1873 in Croydon he was the Borough Surveyor and Engineer for Penzance from 1899 to 1938 and during this time he was involved in many of the town’s activities. But why did this bright young man, who at the age of only 39 was appointed to the prestigious post of President of the Institution of Municipal Engineers, come to a small town at the end of the line and remain here for the rest of his working life? Can we still see the contributions he made to the fabric of Penzance? Why do we know so little about him; until recently his name was hardly known?

In this talk, Robin Knight will try to answer these and other questions that surround the life of this interesting man and take you on a ‘magic-lantern’ tour of Latham’s Penzance.

Please register your interest in attending by Monday 8th August & tell us how many tickets you would like. We will then draw out names from the ballot & let you know if you have been successful. £5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served.


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Morrab Library


Morrab Library