Place:Porthleven, Cornwall, England

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NamePorthleven
TypeTown
Coordinates50.083°N 5.317°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoKerrier Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Sithney, Cornwall, Englandcivil parish of which it was part 1894-1934
Helston, Cornwall, Englandmunicipal borough in which it was located 1934-1974 (possibly later)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Porthleven is a town, civil parish and fishing port near Helston in Cornwall, England. It is the most southerly port on the island of Great Britain, and was originally developed as a harbour of refuge, when this part of the Cornish coastline was recognised as a black spot for wrecks in days of sail. Nearby Loe Bar was particularly infamous, with swimmers and surfers being warned off the area to this day.

Historically and for local government purposes, Porthleven was included within the town boundaries of nearby Helston from 1934 until 1974 or later. Prior to 1934 it was part of the civil parish of Sithney. After years of growth, it now has its own town council. Its population recorded by the United Kingdom Census 2001 was 3,190.

Research Tips

Above: Map from Wikimedia Commons produced by Andy F

One of the many maps available on A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Cornwall at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets.

The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases.

  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Cornwall as well as providing 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
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