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Jacobstow, Cornwall

Historical Description

Jacobstow, a parish in Cornwall, 5 miles SE of Widemouth Bay, 6 from Tresmeer station on the North Cornwall railway, and 8¼ S by W of Stratton. It has a post office under Holsworthy; money order and telegraph office, Stratton. Acreage, 4471; population of the civil parish, 375; of the ecclesiastical, 383. Two barrows are at Headon. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Truro; gross value, £250 with residence. Patron, the Earl of St Germams. The church is ancient, has a granite tower, and was thoroughly restored. in 1886. There is a Bible Christian, chapel. Digory or Degory Weare, an historical writer, and first Camden Professor of History at Oxford, was born here in 1573. Fairs are held at Wainhouse Comer on 24 June, 24 July for lambs, 29 Sept., 5 Nov., and Lady Day, and at Canworthy Water first Wednesday in June and 18 Sept.

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 CountyCornwall 
Ecclesiastical parishJacobstow St. James 
Poor Law unionStratton 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX23
Post TownBude