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Carbis Bay, (Cornish: Karrbons), is generally accepted as being part of Lelant; it is located in a romantic wooded gorge, running from the road down to the shore and is a holiday resort. In this spot several good dwelling-houses and hotels were built for visitors to the neighbourhood. The best view of the valley is had from the beach, looking upwards. The bay with its broad sands, is a nice spot for a quiet walk or read, and is more retired than the beach of Porthminster.
The railroad crosses the valley by a stone viaduct, and near at hand is the little Carbis Bay station. The train always stops here, for the convenience of those who like to walk back to town of St Ives, or from that town to Carbis Bay, returning by train.
Hawke's Point is a headland a short distance beyond Carbis Valley. The beauty of its scenery has a great attraction for tourists. Here is a pretty shaded garden and places in which visitors may have refreshments.

The ecclesiastical parish is named after the farm, which gave its name to the actual bay. The Cornish name for the bay is 'Barrepta Cove'. The word Carbis may be derived from the Cornish for 'causeway'.



Census information for Lelant (1841 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office.

Carbis Bay has generally been enumerated as part of Lelant. Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:

Church History

Church Records

The earliest Registers for Carbis Bay started in 1934, although there are some entries from 1929. The Anglican registers are all held in the church; none are at the Cornwall Record Office.

Civil Registration

The parish of Carbis Bay has been in the Penzance Registration District since it was created in the early 20th century from Uny-Lelant. There were originally sub-districts at Marazion, Penzance, St Buryan, St Just, St Ives and Uny-Lelant but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Gulval, Ludgvan, Madron, Marazion, Morvah, Penzance, Perranuthnoe, St. Buryan, St. Erth, St. Hilary, St. Ives, St. Just in Penwith, St. Levan, St. Michael's Mount, St. Paul, Sancreed, Sennen, Towednack, Uny-Lelant, Wolfe Rock Lighthouse, and Zennor. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Alphington House, Alverton Place, Penzance, TR18 4JJ. Tel: 01736 330093.

Description & Travel


Kelly's Directory of Cornwall 1893 covering Lelant (including Carbis Bay).



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Carbis Bay parish was part of the Penzance Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


Carbis Bay has always been enumerated with, and as part of, Lelant.

  • Population in 1921 - 1361 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1429 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1548 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1859 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 2615 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 2605 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 2930 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 3482 persons (Lelant and Carbis Bay)
  • In 2011 the population was enumerated under St Ives.


The parish comprises 1957 acres of land. (In 1971, Lelant and Carbis Bay occupied 792 Hectares of land).

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