Place:St. Hilary, Cornwall, England

NameSt. Hilary
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates50.131°N 5.428°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
source: Family History Library Catalog

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St. Hilary is a village and civil parish in the west of Cornwall, England. It is situated approximately five miles (8 km) east of Penzance and four miles (6.5 km) south of Hayle.

Chynoweth is an area immediately north of St Hilary churchtown. The land of the parish is high enough to provide views of bays on both coasts--St. Ives Bay five miles north and Mount's Bay two miles south.

During the height of mining activity the population was three times that in the 1930s. The population of the parish was 785 in the UK census of 2001. The area has many former mines: especially notable was a mine called Wheal Fortune which extended into the parish of Ludgvan. An earthquake occurred in St. Hilary in 1796.

The parish church is dedicated to Saint Hilary of Poitiers and is in the Early English style but had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1853. It has a 13th-century tower and is a Grade I listed building.

St. Hilary 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
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  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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