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The parish of Perranuthnoe, (Cornish: Pyranudhno), (Little Pieran, Lanuthnoe), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Penwith. It is bounded on the north, east and west by St Hilary, and on the south by Mount's Bay. The name is composed of the saint's name, Piran, plus the name of the manor: Uthno. The village is situated on the south coast of Cornwall within sight of St Michael's Mount. Prussia Cove, in this parish, was home to perhaps the most famous 17th century family of Cornish smugglers, the Carters. John Carter, the eldest son, named the cove Prussia Cove, because of his deep admiration for Fredrick the Great, King of Prussia. John Carter himself became known as the King of Prussia, as he engaged in ever more daring encounters with the revenue. Although John Carter's cottage was demolished in 1906, the cove still holds the romance of its notorious connections with wrecking and smuggling.

Within the parish is the village of Goldsithney which means: 'Sithney Fair', a fair was moved to Goldsithney from Sithney in 1283. The only other village is the Churchtown.



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 Perranuthnoe has been in the Penzance Registration District continuously from 1st July 1837. 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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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

The Domesday Settlements of Cornwall, a study undertaken by the Cornwall Branch of the Historical Association, has identified and located settlements listed in the Exeter and Exchequer Domesday Survey of AD 1087. The following places have been identified in Perranuthnoe ecclesiastical parish:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 506 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 626 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 786 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1033 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1438 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1229 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1507 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1191 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 896 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 819 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 812 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 798 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 748 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 742 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 886 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 868 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1131 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1540 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1830 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 2200 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 2184 persons

Probate Records

Wills & Admons for Perranuthnoe parish, 1661-1730 are available on-line.


The parish comprises 1101 acres of land and 64 acres of foreshore.

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