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Porthleven, Cornwall

Historical Description

Porthleven, a village and a chapelry in Sithney parish, Cornwall. The village stands on Mounts Bay, 2½ miles WSW of Helston station on the G.W.R.; is a small seaport; and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Helston. A harbour was constructed here at great cost, but cannot be entered without difficulty in tempestuous weather. The chapelry was constituted in 1844. Population, 1996. It sends six members to the Sithney parish council. The shore is rugged, and shows some curious intersections of slate rocks by trap dikes. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; net value, £190 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Sithney. The church was built in 1841, and restored and enlarged in 1891. There are Wesleyan and Bible Christian chapels, a library with reading-room, and coastguard and lifeboat stations.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR13
Post TownHelston