Arranging a Visit

Advance appointments are essential, may be very limited and will be dependent upon the Custodian's discretion and availability. It is not possible to ensure that requests made at short notice can be met. Enquiries should be made, in the first instance, to the Custodian: by email - keithupearce49@live.co.uk - or on 01736 368778. When sending or leaving a message, please give clearly your name and a return telephone number. We would hope to reply to you within 48 hours.
 
Once the date and time of your visit has been decided, you will be met outside the Longboat Hotel, opposite Penzance Railway Station. The cemetery is a short walk from there.

In the first instance, you should contact the Custodian who will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
 
Keith Pearce (Custodian)  keithupearce49@live.co.uk - or on 01736 368778.
 
If you have not had a response within 48 hours, then contact:
 
First - Jan Ruhrmund (Assistant Custodian) jruhrmund@hotmail.co.uk, 01736 360153 or 07814105087 
 
Then - Jon Pender (Chairman of the Friends of the Cemetery) jonpender6@gmail.com
 
This private historic cemetery is run and maintained on a charitable basis. There is no formal charge to visit the cemetery, but it would be appreciated if each visitor (or couple/family) bought a copy of the Cemetery History and Guide (£5.00) available at the time of the visit or in advance from Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance, The Exchange Art Gallery on Princes Street, Penzance or the Edge of the World Bookshop on Market Jew Street, Penzance. Additional discretionary donations are always welcome. Male visitors are respectfully requested to wear a hat or cap.

Keith Pearce has been the custodian of the Penzance Jewish emetery since 1998. As an amateur local historian, he has been researching the history of the Jews in Cornwall for over forty years. His booklet, "The Penzance Jewish Cemetery - A Concise History and Guide" (pp. 26), and his major publication, "The Jews of Cornwall - A History" appear on this website, together with reviews, and are available at Penlee House, Penzance. Whenever possible, he will accompany you on your visit to the cemetery.

Keith Pearce has been the Custodian of the Penzance Jewish Cemetery since 1998. He has lived in Penzance for over fifty years and was introduced to the cemetery by his friend and mentor, Godfrey Simmons, the then custodian, in the 1980s. He studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Exeter College Oxford, and taught at the Penzance Grammar School for Girls and at Penwith College. As an amateur local historian, he has been researching the history of the Jews in Cornwall for over forty years. His publications, "The Penzance Jewish Cemetery - A Concise History and Guide, "Lemon Hart of Penzance", and his major study "The Jews of Cornwall - A History" (pp. 624) appear on this website (on the home page and under resources, with reviews). They are available at Penlee House Gallery & Museum Penzance. "The Jews of Cornwall - A History" is also available from online sellers. Whenever possible, he will accompany you on your visit to the cemetery.  
 
Visitors are reminded that this is a private cemetery. As such it is not dedicated to public access, and visitors enter it at their own risk. The entrance floor and grass surface of the ground are uneven, and visitors are asked to take special care, as the ground falls on a gentle gradient. If you have limited mobility, you should, if possible, be accompanied, and if you do not feel confident that you could walk on the ground securely and safely, you are advised to remain in the entrance area. Please walk only between the graves and not across them. There is wheelchair access and a handrail in the entrance area, as well as a bench for seating. Please note that the entrance area surface can be slippery, especially when leaving.