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Zennor, (Cornish: Eglossenara), parish is named after Saint Senara to whom the Church is dedicated. It is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Penwith; it is bounded on the north and east by the sea and Towednack, on the south by Towednack, Gulval and a detached portion of Madron, and on the west by Morvah and the sea. It is on the North coast about 5 miles west of St Ives. This parish is extremely wild, huge granite boulders litter the landscape and the fierce gales blowing off of the North Atlantic have left Zennor virtually tree-less.

The area contains many steep valleys leading down to rocky cliffs by the sea. There are numerous ancient sites in the parish including hut circles, barrows, quoits and settlements. Much of the coastline is owned by the National Trust. The area is dotted with small fields surrounded by stone walls. Farming is the only remaining industry in the area. The only villages are the Churchtown and Trewey.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for Parish Church 

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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:

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

The parish of Zennor 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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Description & Travel

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The Manor of Ludgvan Lese covered parts of the parishes of Ludgvan, St. Ives, Zennor and Towednack. The abstracts of the Manorial Records 1688-1739, which are taken from LDS film #1471491, are available on-line.

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Information about the St Ives, Zennor, St Erth Mines, is available on-line.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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  • Population in 1801 - 544 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 671 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 715 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 811 persons
  • Population in 1841 -1025 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 918 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 933 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 807 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 601 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 496 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 332 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 294 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 298 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 250 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 257 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 246 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 202 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 210 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 245 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 217 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 196 persons

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Probate Records

Wills & Admons for Zennor parish, 1666-1773 are available on-line.

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Religion & Religious Life

In the May of 1641 it was agreed and ordered that every Member of the House of Commons and House of Lords should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty) to the crown. The Protestation was printed and then distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The Protestation Returns of 1642 for Zennor are available on-line.

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The Penwith Local History Group aims:

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The parish comprises 3184 acres of land.

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