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The little village of Godolphin (Cornish: Godolghan) Cross lies half-hidden in a valley on the Hayle to Helston road. The name is derived from the cross roads which were encountered en route to the estate of the Godolphin family, one of whom became the Duke of Leeds. They made their fortunes in the rich mining area around Godolphin Hill. Their manor house (Godolphin House), which dates back to the 15th century, still attracts tourists as a National Trust property. The main mines in the parish were Wheal Breage and Wheal Wreeth, both producing tin. Now that mining has ceased the constant thud of the tin stamps is no longer heard and a more peaceful atmosphere prevails. Some farming still continues here.

The parish was created from part of Breage parish in February 1846. However, by the end of the 20th century, the civil parish has ceased to exist and, again, Godolphin is united with Breage and Germoe.



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

Church Records

Researchers should also look at available records for Breage, under which many events in Godolphin were originally recorded.

Civil Registration

The parish of Godolphin was created from Breage which 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.

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

Description & Travel



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Historical Geography

Some information on the history and geography of Breage and Godolphin is available.



Information on Mines in Breage and Godolphin is available on-line.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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


Godolphin parish was formed in 1846 from Breage parish. Population figures before this date are with Breage.

  • Population in 1851 - 1788 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1884 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1709 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1245 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1061 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 236 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 724 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 626 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 647 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 850 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 880 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 935 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1095 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 0000 persons


The parish comprised 0000 acres of land.

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