Morvah, Cornwall

Historical Description

Morvah, a parish, with a small village, in Cornwall, on the coast, 6 miles NW by W of Penzance station on the G.W.R. Post town, St Just (R.S.O.) Acreage, 1271; population, 172. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in dairy farming. Porthmear Cove and Portherras Cove are on the coast, and large blocks of granite are at Cam Galva. There is a prehistoric fort, called Castle Chun, and also remains of cave dwellings and many prehistoric remains in the neighbourhood. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Madron, in the diocese of Truro; gross value, £687 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1828, and has a tower with three hells. There is a Wesleyan chapeL

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

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register of baptisms dates from the year 1653; marriages, 1617; burials, 1655.


Church of England

St. Morvah (parish church)

The church of St. Morvah is a building of granite, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 3 bells: the stained east window was presented by the Rev. Michael Nowell Peters M.A., a former vicar: there are several monuments: the church has 120 sittings.

St. Morvah churchNave of St. Morvah church

Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR20
Post TownPenzance