February seems to have been
set up as the Penryn month and we return to the Cornish town
for the fourth consecutive year, with a picture which finally
brings us into the centre. Questions are being raised as to how
many more angles on the place can be found.
The former fishing port, abbey
town and rotten borough is a jumbled, historic place. Here we
see the main street, with its dominating clock tower. Shops and
pubs provide a busy set of frontages onto the steep hill, interspersed
with houses and narrow side lanes of varying lengths. Double-decker
buses between Falmouth and the local university campus scramble
up this hill at frequent intervals, wending round the clock tower
with remarkable skill and thus far avoiding having any accidents.
In the background, the north
side of Falmouth is represented by the heavily built-up hill
beyond the clock. Vanishing into the morning winter mist behind
that can be seen the hills rolling down to Zone Point. The Christmas
decorations on the tower seem to be a semi-permanent feature.