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Helford, Cornwall

Historical Description

Helford, a river and a small seaport in Cornwall. The river rises about 4½ miles W of Penryn, runs about 5 miles southward, deflects suddenly to the left, and goes about 5 miles eastward to the English Channel. It branches throughout its eastward reach into picturesque creeks, is there all estuarial, and at the mouth about 1 mile wide, and is said by Carew to have in former times been much frequented by pirates. The small seaport stands on its S side, near the mouth, 5½ miles SSW of Falmouth, is in Manaccan parish, and carries on a small coasting trade and fishing. A Roman earthwork is near.

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 parishManaccan 
Poor Law unionHelston 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Helford from the following:


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RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR12
Post TownHelston