Saturday Sketches #4

Dry Dock and Abbey Warehouse, Penzance – coloured Pencil

A large network of smugglers’ tunnels runs beneath Penzance, spanning out from the harbour to the Abbey Warehouse, the Turks Head and Admiral Benbow pubs on Chapel Street, and to Causewayhead and Market Jew Street. 


  1. restlessjo says:

    I can just see you sitting, colouring in 🙂 🙂 Have a good weekend!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hahaha… 😅

  2. margaret21 says:

    Yes, Jo’s right. That makes a good mind’s eye picture to go with your actual one.

  3. Sue says:

    Interesting effect

  4. BeckyB says:

    Do they ever open the tunnels up?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not that I know of and I am a tunnel avoider anyway 😏

      1. BeckyB says:

        Probably sensible, but be great if they did it for Heritage Open Days even as a video

  5. beetleypete says:

    I would definitely try the tunnels if they were open. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have never seen any indication that they are.

  6. Love this and the info about the tunnels. I wouldn’t go down either but Mr S would love it if there were an open day! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I suppose they end up in a cellar or something. There must be so many of these smugglers tunnels in Cornwall.

  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    What a lovely effect – and a great hint at mystery and intrigue 🙂 I guess it’s no surprise that I would love to check out these old tunnels!

  8. Ann Mackay says:

    The pencil effect works really well here. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I thought so. Some do, some don’t but it’s fun experimenting.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Carol. I like this one too, they don’t all come out as well, but I am having fun.

  9. Jo Shafer says:

    Those smugglers’ tunnels still exist? Wow. I used to read about them in Daphne deMaurier’s novels set in Cornwall and Penzance areas.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am sure there are many tunnels still in existence along the coast.

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