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Bossiney, Cornwall

Historical Description

Bossiney, a village in Tintagel parish, Cornwall, in a bleak tract, 4½ miles NNW of Camelford. It was once a market-town, and it sent two members to parliament from the time of Henry III. till disfranchised by the act of 1832. It consists of small cottages, and stands round a large barrow, on which the writ of election used to be read. Sir Francis Drake, Sir Francis Cottington, and other distinguished men represented it in parliament. A singular cove, small and murky, called Bossiney Hole, is under the cliffs on the adjacent coast.

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 parishTintagell 
Poor Law unionCamelford 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bossiney from the following:


Online maps of Bossiney 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 districtPL34
Post TownTintagel