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Landewednack, Cornwall

Historical Description

Landewednack, a parish, with a village, in Cornwall, on the coast, 12 miles from Helston station on the G.W.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. Acreage, 2044; population, 626. It includes the Lizard Head, Kyn-ance Cove, Asparagus Island, and the Devil's Bellows, which are noticed in their own alphabetical places. The Lizard Head is the most southerly point in England. The manor belonged to the Earl of Mortaigne, and passed to the Haw-kinses. The coast scenery, the rocks, and the minerals are highly interesting. Serpentine of remarkable beauty and susceptible of high polish is worked. The Balk of Landewednack is a remarkable cliff, and the Cove of Landewednack is a place of the pilchard fishery, where it is extensively carried on. The living is a rectory, united with St Euan Major, in the diocese of Truro; value, £300 with residence, in the gift of the Eeetor of St Mary's, Castlegate, York. The church has a Norman door and a pinnacled tower, contains an ancient inscribed font and several monuments, and is said to have been the place where the last sermon in Cornish was preached. The churchyard contains the remains of a number of persons who died of the plague in 1645. An ancient granite cross is between Lizard Town and Church Town. There are Wesleyan and United Free Methodist chapels, and a lifeboat station.

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 parishLandewednack St. Lanty 
Poor Law unionHelston 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.