Some records of the manors and mines shown on the detailed map are available for study.


The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

With the current boundaries the area is now 2,284 acres plus 6 acres of water and 64 of foreshore [[Off Site] GENUKI 1997]. It's population has varied little over the years with most of the growth being in Sennen Cove.

Year Population Year Population Year Population
1801 431 1901 644 1992 850
1906 679* 1993 845
1811 495 1911 663 1994 870
1821 537 1921 646 1995 855
1831 689 1931 692 1996 850
1841 659 1997 835
1851 652 1951 691 1998 830
1861 613 1961 704
1871 630 1971 755
1881 678 1981 850
1891 679 1991 850 (841*)

The later figures were obtained from from the Country Socio-Economic Statistics of Sennen civil parish. * Source unknown.

The GENUKI page quotes figures for Sennen Cove village (1981 = 195, 1991 = 205) and Sennen village (1981 = 560, 1991 = 645) separately but it is not certain if these are included in the census totals in the table above.

Online Parish Clerk

A new (Jan 2001) initiative that has started in Cornwall is the [Off Site]Online Parish Clerk. One person is encouraged from the CORNISH-L or CORNISH-GEN-L mailing list to be the custodian of historical records, including transcripts of registers, for each parish and will supply extracts to researchers as they need them. This person may be geographically distant from the parish, but their heart will be there. Parish information

[Off Site]Sennen Cove (covers Churchtown as well) by Terry George has information about the lifeboat station, surfing and local issues.

The [Off Site] Sennen OPC Website run by George Pritchard, a past OPC for the parish.

Another Sennen Cove web site! This one from Brian Poulton called [Off Site]Sennen Cove—Looking Back.

Cornish Light, the Travel and Tourist Guide, have a page devoted to [Off Site]Land’s End & [Off Site]Sennen Cove.

[Off Site]SOSKernow (friends of Cornwall) have a [Off Site]detailed history of Sennen church.

Paul Stephens’ amazing [Off Site]Panoramas includes incredible 360° views from Sennen Cove and the Land’s End point.

See also the general West Penwith Links.


There have been suggestions that Domesday Book, folio 125a, chapter 5,24, paragraph 24, WITESTAN refers to Whitesand. Current thinking is that this is in the parish of Whitstone in North East Cornwall [Thorn 1979].

Tonkin’s Natural History of Cornwall—1739

The following description is quoted from [Tonkin 1739] and must be read in the context of that date. The extract is taken from [Polsue 1868]. Other extracts are available online.

This parish takes its name from its tutelar saint S. Sennan or Sinninus an Irish Abbat who saith Leland, was at Rome with S. Patrick, and came over from Ireland to Cornwall with S. Breage. The Church hath dedicated the 30th of June to his memory. It is a daughter church to S. Burien, and is valued together with that and S. Levan, in the King’s Book, at £48 12s.

Lysons’ History & Topography—1814

The following description is lifted directly from [Lysons 1814]. It must be read in the context of that date.

Sennen, in the deanery and in the west division of the hundred of Penwith, is the most westerly parish in England, lying near the Land’s-end, about eight miles and half west-south-west from Penzance, which is the post-office town. The principal villages in this parish are, Mayon (called by Martyn, Mean), Penrose, and Trevear. Mean is the last village towards the Land’s-end. The large stone spoken of by Dr. Borlase, called Table-Mean, concerning which there is a tradition that three Kings once dined together at it on a journey to the Land’s-end, is in this village, in which is a house of entertainment for travellers: on the western side of its sign is inscribed, “The first Inn in England;” on the eastern side, “The last Inn in England.” The Land’s-end, which, according to Dr. Bergerf, is 391 feet above the level of the sea; Cape Cornwallg, and Whitsand-bay, are in this parish: it was at this bay that King Stephen landed on his first arival in England; also King John on his return from the conquest of Ireland, and Perkin Warbeck in the reign of Henry VIII.: near this bay is the site of an ancient castle, called Castle-Mean. The manor of Mean or Mayon, as it is now spelt, belongs to Sir John St. Aubyn, Bart., and Dionysius Williams, Esq. The barton of Penrose was, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, the seat of the family of Jones: it is now the property of Lord Falmouth. The barton of Treveare was some time the seat of the Ellis family: a part of this estate was, by purchase, the property of the late rev. Edward Giddy; the remainder belongs to —— Thackworth, Esq. The houses on these bartons are now occupied by farmers.

The Land’s End

The Land’s End.

Cape Cornwall with a distant view of the Land’s End

Cape Cornwall with a distant view of the Land’s End.

Sennen is parcel of the deanery of St. Burian, to which this is a daughter-church: the dean has the great tithes. There are the remains of a chapel near Whitsand-bay.

On one of the rocks called Longships, off this coast, is a light-house constructed in 1797, by Mr. Smith, under the directions of the Trinity-house.

f See his Paper in the Geological Transactions.

g See p. clxxxiv. [plate above]

Additions and Corrections

The portion of Treveare which belonged to the late Rev. Edward Giddy, is now the property of his son, Davies Giddy, Esq. M.P.

Topographical Dictionary of England—1831

The following is from [Lewis 1831] and must be read in the context of that date.

SENNEN, a parish in the hundred of Penwith county of Cornwall, 8¼ miles (W.S.W.) from Penzance, containing 3637 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the jurisdiction of the royal peculiar court of St. Burian, and in the patronage of the King, as Prince of Wales. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. In this parish are, the Land’s End, which according to Dr. Berger, is three hundred and ninety-one feet above the level of the sea; Cape Cornwall; and Whitsand bay: it was in this bay that King Stephen landed on his first arival in England; also King John, on his return from the conquest of Ireland; and Perkin Warbeck, in the reign of Henry VIII.: near it are the site of an ancient castle called Castle-Mean, and the remains of a chapel. On one of the rocks, called the Longships, off this part of the coast, is a lighthouse, constructed, in 1797, under the direction of the Master and Wardens of the Trinity House.