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Sennen, Cornwall

Historical Description

Sennen, a village and a parish in Cornwall The village stands 387 feet above sea-level, 1 mile E of Land's End, and 9 miles SW of Penzance station on the G.W.R., and has an inn, called the First and Last Inn in England. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. The parish includes Land's End and the lighthouse off it, and comprises 2299 acres; population, 676. There is a parish council consisting of ten members. Salt-works were here at Domesday, but have been discontinued. Small harbours are at Sennen cove and Whitsand Bay, and fishing is largely carried on. Roman coins were found in 1807. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Truro; net value, £150 with residence. Patron, the Prince of Wales. The church is ancient but good. There are Baptist, Wesleyan, and Bible Christian chapels. Several very fine and ancient granite crosses stand near the churchyard.

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 parishSennen St. Senan 
Poor Law unionPenzance 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sennen from the following:


Online maps of Sennen 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 districtTR19
Post TownPenzance