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Newlyn, Cornwall

Historical Description

Newlyn, a seaport village and an ecclesiastical parish, taken from Paul and Madron parishes, Cornwall. The village stands on Mounts Bay, under Paul Hill, 1 mile SW of Penzance station on the G.W.R., and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Penzance. Population of ecclesiastical parish, 3833. Newlyn was burnt by the Spaniards in 1595; consists chiefly of one street, nearly half a mile long, with several deflecting alleys; and carries on extensive fisheries, the mackerel fishery being the largest in England. It is the chief fishing station of Mounts Bay, and maintains a fleet of about 400 boats. There are two massive granite piers enclosing the harbour; the south pier was built in 1885, and is 700 feet long, with a lighthouse at its extremity; the north or Victoria pier was completed in 1894, and is 1845 feet long. The climate is so mild that artists-many of whom visit the village for the fine scenery in the neighbourhood-are able to paint out-of-doors throughout the year. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; value, £194 with residence. Patrons, the Crown and the Bishop alternately. The church was built in 1865, and is a granite building in the Early English style; it was enlarged in 1886. There is an ancient granite cross near the church. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 
Civil parishPaul 
Poor Law unionPenzance 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Newlyn from the following:


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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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR18
Post TownPenzance