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Halsetown (Cornish: Trehals) is in the Hundred of East Penwith. It is a small housing development two miles south-west of St Ives, built for miners in the early 19th century by James Halse, Member of Parliament for St Ives. He built the village in 1832, to house his mine workers. At that time the village was part of St. Ives parish. There is a story that each house had just enough land to qualify the tenant for the right to vote, and only supporters of James Halse were selected as tenants.

The civil parish was created from part of St Ives parish on 5th June 1845.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions on-line for the Parish Church.


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

Civil Registration

The parish of Halsetown has been in the Penzance Registration District since it was created in 1848. 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.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Halsetown parish became part of the Penzance Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief on its creation.


The parish was created from St Ives in 1848. Population figures before this date, and after 1991, are with that parish.

  • Population in 1851 - 1836 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1940 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1810 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1589 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1200 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1807 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 2371 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 2398 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 2547 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 4433 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 160 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 140 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 165 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 190 persons
  • From 2001 the population was enumerated under St Ives.


The parish comprises 1400 acres of lands.

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