Place:St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall, England

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NameSt. Michael's Mount
Alt namesSt. Michael's Mountsource: WeRelate abbreviation
TypeIsland, Civil parish
Coordinates50.116°N 5.4772°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoPenwith Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
West Penwith Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
St. Hilary, Cornwall, Englandparish of which it was a part (probably 19th century)
Penzance Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1837-2007
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

St Michael's Mount (Cornish: Karrek Loos yn Koos, meaning "hoar rock in woodland", also known colloquially by locals as simply The Mount) is a tidal island 366 m (400 yd) off the Mount's Bay coast of Cornwall, England. It is a civil parish and is united with the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway of granite setts, passable between mid-tide and low water. St. Michael's Mount is one of 43 (unbridged) tidal islands which can be walked to from mainland Britain.

Little is known about the village before the beginning of 18th century, save that there were a few fishermen's cottages and monastic cottages. After improvements to the harbour in 1727, St Michael's Mount became a flourishing seaport, and by 1811 there were 53 houses and four streets. The pier was extended in 1821 and the population peaked in the same year, when the island had 221 people. There were three schools, a Wesleyan chapel, and three public houses, mostly used by visiting sailors. The village went into decline following major improvements to nearby Penzance harbour and the extension of the railway to Penzance in 1852, and many of the houses and buildings were demolished.

Until recent times both the Mount and the town of Marazion formed part of the parish of St. Hilary. [NOTE: A Vision of Britain through Time gives no date for this arrangement.] St Michael's Mount was part of the West Penwith Rural District from 1894 until 1974.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article St Michael's Mount.

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