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Penzance St John

The parish occupies the south-eastern part of the town of Penzance. This parish, (Cornish: Pennsans Sen Jowann), was created in 1882 from Penzance, St Mary parish. The civil parish of St John is now but a part of Penzance Borough.

Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 49 entries.


This parish was formed in 1882. Census information for this parish (1891) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members.
Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Penzance St John area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SW4730 and was dedicated to St John the Baptist. The parish was formed from St Mary's parish in 1883 to serve the eastern part of Penzance. The church is sited at the top of Trewartha terrace; it is a building of moor stone, with granite dressings, in the Early English style. It was erected in 1881 at cost of £7,000, and consist of chancel, nave of four bays, transept, aisles, east and west porches and has one bell; there are sittings for 600 persons. The register dates from the year 1881.

Church Records

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Penzance St John which are provided by:


OPC Assistance. The On-line Parish Clerk (OPC) scheme operates a service to help family historians; the OPC page for this parish is available on-line, from where the OPC can be contacted by email.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Penzance St John has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Penzance St John to another place.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Penzance St John parish was part of the Penzance Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


Population figures for this parish are included as part of Penzance Town. However, in 1901 the population for Penzance, St John is recorded as 1290 persons.