Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for PAUL

PAUL, a parish in Penzance district, Cornwall; on Mounts bay, 2½ miles S of Penzance r. station. It tookits name from Paul de Leon, a Cornish man; it suffereddeva station from the Spaniards in 1593; and it contains the villages of Mousehole and Newlyn, which have post-offices under Penzance. Acres, 3, 433. Real property, £9, 199; of which £52 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 5, 408; in 1861, 5,072. Houses, 1,095. The property is much subdivided. Paul hill rises with steep ascent, and commands a charming view. There are two ancientgranite crosses, and some remains of an ancient Britishcamp. Pilchard and mackerel fisheries are carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £485.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was given by Richard, king of the Romans, to Hailesabbey; has a fine granite tower, serving as a conspicuous landmark; contains monuments of the Godolphins, the Pendarveses, and others; and was reported in 1859as not good. The churchyard contains the grave and monument of Dolly Penbreath, who died at the age of91 in 1777, and is said to have been the last person whospoke the Cornish language. The p. curacy of Newlynis a separate benefice. There are five dissenting chapels, a national school, alms-houses with £130 a year, and other charities £5.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "countries, 4th order divisions")
Administrative units: Paul CP/AP       Penzance PLU/RegD       Cornwall AncC
Place: Paul

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