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The parish of Germoe (Cornish: Sen Germow) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. It is bounded on the north, east and south by Breage, and on the west by St Hilary. The name is derived from Saint Germoch or Germogh, about whom little is known. Germoe has been considered as a separate parish for many years, but the Church has been subordinate to that of Breage. It is located in the far south-west of Cornwall, sandwiched between the parishes of Godolphin and Breage. This was eminently a mining parish, but it also had some good farms. Originally, the houses and shops were built to satisfy the needs of miners digging for tin and china clay, but today both these industries have ceased and the village survives with about a third of the population that existed in 1841. A war memorial stands on Tregonning Hill, the highest point in the parish,.

The Godolphin family (the Dukes of Leeds) were the principal landowners in the parish. The chief villages were the Churchtown, Tresowes and Boscreege. There is a large sandy beach at Praa Sands, which is (was) within the parish (but now more closely related to Breage parish).

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)




Census information for this parish (1841 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members. The Cornwall Family History Society have also published on-line census detail by surname on the FamilyHistoryonLine site.

Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:

Church History

Germoe and Breage parishes have been closely linked over the ages, although they are now two distict church parishes.

Church Records

Civil Registration

The parish of Germoe was originally in the Helston Registration District; there were sub-districts at Breage, Crowan, Helston, St Keverne and Wendron. It is now in the Kerrier Registration District. Parishes in this registration district are: Breage, Crowan, Cury, Germoe, Gunwalloe, Grade, Helston, Landewednack, Manaccan, Mawgan in Meneage, Mullion, Ruan Major, Ruan Minor, St. Anthony in Meneage, St. Keverne, St. Martin in Meneage, Sithney, Wendron.

The address of the Registration Office is: The Willows, Church Street, Helston, TR13 8NJ.
Tel: 01326 562848.

Description & Travel




Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Germoe parish was part of the Helston Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 629 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 735 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 830 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1175 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1336 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 970 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1015 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 953 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 588 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 497 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 347 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 392 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 334 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 313 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 451 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 399 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 403 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 435 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 502 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 508 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 549 persons

Probate Records


The parish comprises 1331 acres of land.

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