Place:Sennen, Cornwall, England

TypeCivil parish
Coordinates50.05°N 5.7°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
Penzance Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1837-2007
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Sennen (Cornish: Sen Senan or Sen Senana) is a coastal village and civil parish in Cornwall, England. Sennen village is situated approximately eight miles (13 km) west-southwest of Penzance.

Sennen parish is bounded by the sea to the west and bordered by the parishes of St. Just-in-Penwith to the north, St. Buryan to the east, St. Levan to the south. The Longships group of rocky islets situated off Lands End are also within the parish. The main settlements are Churchtown (Sennen), Trevescan, Carn Towan, Sennen Cove and Land's End.

Sennen parish is situated at the western tip of the Penwith peninsula and is exposed to prevailing westerly winds from the Atlantic. It has a bare moorland-like character with very few trees and no woodland. The parish consists of 2,284 acres (9 km2) of land, 6 acres (24,000 m2) of water and 64 acres (260,000 m2) of foreshore. The population was 829 at the 2001 census.

The church town, Sennen, is the most westerly village in mainland England and is 315 miles (507 km) west-southwest of London. Below the village is the harbour settlement of Sennen Cove.

Sennen was part of the West Penwith Rural District from 1894 until 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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