Place:St. Gennys, Cornwall, England

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NameSt. Gennys
TypeCivil parish, Hamlet
Coordinates50.7439°N 4.6249°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoLesnewth Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Stratton Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

St. Gennys (Cornish: S. Gwynnas) is a coastal civil parish and small settlement in northeast corner of Cornwall, England.

The hamlet of St. Gennys is about seven miles (11.3 km) southwest of Bude. It is on high ground half-a-mile north of the coastal village of Crackington Haven, the major settlement in the parish. The only other settlements of any size in the parish are Middle Crackington and Higher Crackington both of which are southeast of Crackington Haven, half-a-mile and one mile distant respectively.

The population was 873 in the 2011 census. Several places in the parish are mentioned in the Domesday Book including Crackington (as Crachemua), Dizzard (as Disart) and St Gennys itself (as Sainguinas or Sanwinas).

Away from the coast, St. Gennys parish is entirely rural. It is bordered to the north by Poundstock parish, to the east by Jacobstow parish, to the south by Otterham and St. Juliot parishes. To the west, St. Gennys is bounded by the Atlantic coast where Cornwall's highest cliff (appropriately named High Cliff) rises 735 feet (224 m) above the rocky foreshore.

According to A Vision of Britain through Time, St. Gennys was part of the Lesnewth Hundred of Cornwall and in Stratton Rural District between 1894 and 1974.

Research Tips

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
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
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