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Alverne House

Another picture of Alverne House with lots of Ivy on it and if you notice to the left there is no archway like it is today.....that has camelot court......and there is a bakery ..(but for the life of me I cannot remember the name!) it will come to me later and I'll add it in then. Today Alverne house is Cafe and Restaurant you may remember seeing table and chairs outside to the right of the steps. I'm not sure whats upstairs today, maybe you know? picture supplied by John Gendall

Alverne House
sparky, Apr 9, 2008
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    • treeve
      A shame it has been converted, but at least the building is still here since 1754, but I preferred it when it was the Mongolian Restaurant !! This must be c1880.
    • blondesurfguy66
      Thats right treeve it was built in 1754 and is described as the best house of this period in penzance. Built by the PASCOE family.
    • treeve
      ps - I have a vague idea the building was used in some bureaucratic function 1950-1970 ish. Department of pensions or something? Any thoughts?
    • denanmor
      This is a great picture. Amazing to think how long this building has stood and all it has seen over the years. I remember the Mongolian too. I really enjoyed eating there, was sad when it went.
    • welb1931
      @Treeve..I believe it was once the national assistance
      office probably late 40's or early 50....
    • treeve
      ‘Alverne House, built in 1754 by the Pascoe Family’ ….
      is what is spread across the world.
      Held by two families from 1754 until 1933. Pascoe (and Jago) and then Preston.
      The last name is well known enough – Robert Hawker Peniel Preston, Robert Preston to friends and photographers. Robert Preston was born in 1838 in Painswick, Glocs.
      Married in Madron 21st Aug 1864 to Harriet Ann Snell Body 21 of Callington.
      They took over Alverne House [30 Alverton Street] in 1886. Their children in 1891 were Susan M Gertrude (22), Robert Joseph (20), George J H (18) and Catherine L (16). Robert Preston’s studio/premises were at 40, Market Place. He retired in 1907; He died 29th January 1933. It appears the house remained in the Preston hands until 1936; his equipment and many photographic plates were dumped down a mine shaft.

      Next I will begin the Pascoe and Jago story.
    • treeve
      @welb1931 - thank you, it seems my marbles are still rolling in the bulkheads. I also have a memory of the building behind New Street and St Michael's Cottages (there is an alleyway down there still to a bike? shop) it was the National Assistance, was it?
    • treeve
      The Pascoe Family.
      James Pascoe and Jane Millett married 27th September 1653. One of their seven youngsters was Humphrey (1658) who married Catherine Ellis, son Thomas Pascoe.
      It was Thomas Pascoe that built Alverne House; he had been baptised in St Ives in 1723, and lived there, marrying Sarah Beard 9th March 1741. In 1754 he moved to his new house in Penzance. They had Thomas, James and Hannah. It was young Thomas (JP, b1744) that had Higher Lariggan built. James (Solicitor, b1747) remained at Alverne House.
    • welb1931
      @ Treeve, the unemployment offices were behind the saddlers shop,National Insurance and pensions were
      next door to the Masonic Lodge in Princes Street
    • treeve
      @welb1931 - thanks for that, I am battling with the memory at the moment, it comes back to me now (as the monkey said when he spat against the wind), I have a memory of standing in the queue in that lane with my father.
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