Place:Penwith Hundred, Cornwall, England


NamePenwith Hundred
Coordinates50.117°N 5.538°W
Located inCornwall, England
source: Family History Library Catalog

From Wikipedia

"A hundred is a geographic division formerly used in England, Wales, South Australia and some parts of the United States, to divide a larger region into smaller administrative divisions; similar divisions were made in Denmark, Southern Schleswig, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Norway."

In England hundreds were replaced by Registration Districts, Poor Law Unions and urban and rural sanitary districts between 1837 and 1850, and then by Rural and Urban Districts and Municipal Boroughs in 1895. In 1974 the districts and boroughs were abolished and today Cornwall is a unitary authority.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Penwith from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"PENWITH, a hundred in the extreme S W of Cornwall; containing Madron parish and twenty-six other parishes, and cut into two divisions, [East] and [West]. Acres of the [East division]: 49,546. Population in 1851: 53,757. Houses: 9,878. Acres of the [West division]: 49, 872. Population in 1851: 28,781. Houses: 5,269. Population of the whole in 1861: 88,953. Houses: 17,191. Penwith proper is the Lands End; called by the ancient British Penwith, signifying"the left-hand headland; " and was known to the Saxons as Penwithsteort."

The Wikipedia article on Penwith discusses the land ownership.

The map of the Hundreds of Cornwall is titled in English and Cornish. The Cornish language is still spoken today by a small proportion of Cornish residents. (Map source: Wikipedia)

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List of Parishes

Camborne parish (ancient), civil parish
Crowan parish (ancient), civil parish
Gulval parish (ancient), civil parish
Gwinear parish (ancient), civil parish
Gwithian chapelry, civil parish
Illogan parish (ancient), civil parish
Ludgvan parish (ancient), civil parish
Madron parish (ancient), civil parish
Marazion chapelry, civil parish
Morvah chapelry, civil parish
Paul parish (ancient), civil parish
Penzance chapelry, civil parish
Perranuthnoe parish (ancient), civil parish
Phillack parish (ancient), civil parish
Redruth parish (ancient), civil parish
Sancreed parish (ancient), civil parish
Sennen chapelry, civil parish
St. Buryan parish (ancient), civil parish
St. Just in Penwith parish (ancient), civil parish
St. Erth parish (ancient), civil parish
St. Hilary parish (ancient), civil parish
St. Ives chapelry, civil parish
St. Levan extra parochial area, civil parish
St. Mary parish (ancient), civil parish
St. Michael's Mount extra parochial area, civil parish
Towednack chapelry, civil parish
Uny Lelant parish (ancient), civil parish
Zennor parish (ancient), civil parish

NOTE: St. Mary may also refer to Penzance because its parish church is named St. Mary.

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