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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 CountyCornwall 
Poor Law unionPenzance 

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

We have transcribed the entry for Morvah from the following:


Online maps of Morvah are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cornwall papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR20
Post TownPenzance