Hayle, Cornwall

Historical Description

Hayle, a small seaport and ecclesiastical parish in Sfr Erith and Phillack parishes, Cornwall, on the river Hayle, with a station on the G.W.R., 319 miles from London, and 4 SE of St Ives. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. There is a causeway across the river 1140 feet long. The harbour is below the causeway, has commodious wharfs, and canals with flood-gates, can be entered at spring tides by vessels of 400 tons burden, and has two fixed lights. A coasting trade is carried on. The smelting of copper was formerly done on a large scale, and there are steam-engine works, iron and brass foundries, a shipbuilding yard, and two large flour mills. The church of St Elwyn was erected in 1886-88, and is a stone building in the Early English style. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Trnro; value, £195. There are Wesleyan, Methodist, and Bible Christian chapels, two good hotels, and a literary institution. Population of the ecclesiastical parish of St Elwyn, 1673.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Cornwall
Hundred Penwith
Poor Law union Penzance

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR27
Post TownHayle