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Penzance St Paul

The ecclesiastical parish of St Paul, (Cornish: Pennsans Sen Pawl), in Penzance, was located in the southern part of Penzance in Clarence Street. It was created in 1867 out of parts of Penzance, St Mary and a small part of the recently created parish of Newlyn, St Peter. The ecclesiastical parish of Penzance, St Paul was once part of the Madron Chapelry of Penzance, until it became a parish in its own right; is now united with that of Penzance, St Mary, and is once again 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 - 100 entries.


Census information for this parish (1871 - 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 Paul 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 Paul. The church was built in Clarence Street, Penzance, in 1842, at a cost of £5,000, by Rev. Henry Batten, a former curate of Madron, and became a parish church in 1867. It is an edifice of granite in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, west porch and a western bell cote containing one bell; the pulpit and communion rails are carved out of solid blocks of granite: the stained east window was presented at a cost of £400, and there is also a memorial window to the Rev. Henry Batten, and all the other windows are stained. The porch was erected in 1886, and is a memorial to Miss Emily Borlase Bolitho. There are 200 sittings. In 1893, to commemorate the Jubilee of the church, a north aisle and transept were added from the designs by Mr. I.W. Trounsen F.R.I.B.A. architect. The registers dates from the year 1867.
In 1973, the parish combined with Penzance, St Mary to form a United Benefice. Unfortunately, in 1999 the church building was declared redundant and was finally closed on 30th April 2000 due to the mounting cost of staffing and maintenance.

Church Records

Description and Travel

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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 Paul has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SW471303 (Lat/Lon: 50.118709, -5.539272), Penzance St Paul which are provided by:

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Penzance (St Paul) 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. However in 1891 there is one records showing a population figure of 6005 persons in Penzance, St Paul's, which in 1901 had become 1272 persons. This casts doubt upon the 1891 figure reflecting only the St Paul ecclesiastical parish.