Penryn was a speculative venture of Bishop Brewer of Exeter who planted a town here in the early 1200s to grab the maritime trade of Truro upriver. In 1265 the building of Glasney College to the south of the town added to the prestige of one of Cornwall’s principal medieval towns.

Glasney College and medieval Penryn

Population 1861: 3,500

Population 2011: 7,100

Planned population 2031: 8,400

More new houses at Penryn