Mousehole, Cornwall

Historical Description

Mousehole, a village in St Paul parish, Cornwall, on Mounts Bay, 2½ miles S of Penzance. It was formerly called Forth Enys, was once a market-town, was burned in 1595 by the Spaniards, is now a large fishing village, and has a coastguard station and Wesleyan and Free Methodist chapels. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Penzance. The parish council consists of nine members. St Clement's Island lies opposite the village, near the shore, and had formerly a chapel. A charming terrace road, with very fine-views, goes along the margin of the bay from Mousehole to Penzance. The famous Mousehole so much visited by tourists is close to the village. In 1871 a fine granite pier was erected, forming a good harbour for fishing craft.

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
Civil parish Paul
Hundred Penwith
Poor Law union Penzance

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR19
Post TownPenzance