Anthony (St. in Meneage)

ANTHONY (ST.) in Meneage, a parish, in the union of Helston, W. division of the hundred of Kerrier and of the county of Cornwall, 7 miles (S. by W.) from Falmouth; containing 313 inhabitants. During the civil war of the seventeenth century, a small intrenchment here, called Little Dinas, was occupied by the royalists, for the defence of Helford harbour, but was captured by the parliamentarian forces under Sir Thomas Fairfax, in 1646. The parish is situated on the estuary of the river Helford, and divided by a creek that runs into it from the Nase Point to Gillan. It comprises by measurement 1510 acres; the high grounds command fine views. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £4. 15. 10., and in the patronage of the Crown; impropriators, the family of Gregor: the tithes have been commuted for £210 for the impropriate, and £140 for the vicarial; and the glebe comprises 62½ acres. The church, situated at the foot of the promontory of Little Dinas, within fifty yards of the sea, is an ancient and elegant structure, with a tower built of a very fine granite said to have been brought from Normandy. There is a place of worship for Bryanites. At Conderra, in 1735, was found a very large number of Roman brass coins, chiefly of the Emperor Constantine and his family. The parish had a cell to the priory of Tywardreth.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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