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Sancreed, Cornwall

Historical Description

Sancreed or Sancreet, a village and a parish in Cornwall. The village stands on high ground, under a wild upland called Sancreed Beacon, 4 miles SW by W of Penzance station on the G.W.R. The parish contains also the village of New Bridge, which has a post office under Penzance; money order and telegraph office, Penzance. Acreage, 4608; population, 867. There is a parish council consisting of ten members. Remains of an ancient castle, called Caerbran, are near Brahane; an ancient monument consisting of two concentric walls, the outer one 55 feet in diameter, is at Bodinnar, and Druidical stones are at Drift. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; net value, £300 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Truro. The church was thoroughly restored in 1881. The oak seating is richly carved throughout. The new carved roof of the chancel is much admired, and the foot of the old screen is very interesting. There are two very fine old crosses in the churchyard, and both have inscriptions on the base of the shafts; also two small crosses, plain, one on the churchyard wall and the other outside. A well with baptistry or small chapel is on the glebe, about a quarter of a mile from the church, where (as it is presumed) converts' were baptized in the primitive days. Another well with chapelry is situated about 2 miles off; the remains of the chapel are hardly traceable, but the place is still called Chapel Uny Well. A third chapel is at Bosenee, about 1 mile distant, of larger dimensions; the foundation and some window-tracery remain. Near Chapel Uny there is a British village consisting of huts (like bee-hives) joined by an arched subterranean passage. There are Wesleyan and Bible Christian chapels in the village.

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 parishSancreed St. Creed 
Poor Law unionPenzance 

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

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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR20
Post TownPenzance