Place:St. Agnes (Isles of Scilly), Cornwall, England

NameSt. Agnes (Isles of Scilly)
Alt namesSaint Agnes
Coordinates49.891°N 6.343°W
Located inCornwall, England
Also located inIsles of Scilly, Cornwall, England    
Isles of Scilly Registration District, Cornwall, England     (1837 - 2007)

NOTE: There is another place named St. Agnes on the north coast of Cornwall near Redruth.

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St Agnes (Cornish: Aganas=off-island) is the southernmost populated island of the Isles of Scilly off Cornwall, England.

St. Agnes joins the neighbouring island of Gugh by a tombolo, a kind of sandbar, called the Gugh Bar, which is exposed only at low tide. The two islands together have the smallest population of the Scilly archipelago, with 73 residents recorded in the 2001 census, and a landmass of 366 acres (148 ha).

In earlier times many men from St Agnes earned a living as pilots, guiding transatlantic liners and other vessels through the English Channel. Now the mainstay of the economy is tourism, together with some bulb farming.

The main population centre is in the north and middle of the island. The southern end of the island is covered by the heather moorland of Wingletang Down.


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  • 1841 - 243
  • 1861 - 200
  • 1871 - 179
  • 1878 estimated to be

nearly 150 in 25 households;
the heads of 17 of these
were surnamed Hicks (still
a common surname on the island)

  • 1881 - 148
  • 1891 - 130
  • 1901 - 134
  • 1911 - 102
  • 1921 - 101
  • 1931 - 78
  • 1951 - 78
  • 1961 - 85
  • 1971 - 63
  • 1981 - 80
  • 1991 - 90
  • 2001 - 73
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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