Sancreed parish occupies 4608 acres [[Off Site] GENUKI 1997].

Year Population Year Population Year Population
1801 782 1901 784
1811 790 1911 805
1821 1,001 1921 724
1831 1,069 1931 679 1992 640
1841 1,248 1993 620
1851 1,398 1951 589 1994 620
1861 1,233 1961 568 1995 625
1871 1,182 1971 520 1996 615
1881 937 1981 615 1997 600
1891 867 1991 660 (652) 1998 610

The later figures were obtained from from the [Off Site] Country Socio-Economic Statistics of Sancreed civil parish.

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

The [Off Site] Sancreed OPC site run by Ian Soulsby (formerly Gwen Attridge), the OPC for the parish.

George Prichard has put a lot of [Off Site] Sancreed Records On-Line.

Sharon Symons has some [Off Site]records online including Marriages, Banns and Burials transcribed by Diane Donohue.

See also the general West Penwith Links.

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.

Sancreed is in the hundred of Penwith, and hath to the west, Just; to be north, Morva; to the east, Maddern and S. Paul; to the south, S. Buryan.

This parish takes its name from and is dedicated to S. Sancred.

It is a vicarage, valued in the King’s Book, £8; the patronage in the Dean and chapter of Exeter.

In anno 1291, 20 Edward I., this church was valued (Tax. Ben.) at £6, being then appropriated to the Dean and chapter of Exeter.

Hals’ History of Cornwall—c1730

The following description is quoted from [Hals 1750] and must be read in the context of about 1730 when it was written. The extract is taken from [Polsue 1868]. Other extracts are available online.

Sancreed is situate in the hundred of Penwith, and hath upon the north, Morva; west, S. Just; south, Buryan; east, Madderne.

At the time of the Norman Conquest this district passed under the jurisdiction of Alverton. In the inquisition of the Bishops of Lincoln and Winchester, aforementioned, 1294, Ecclesia de Sancti Credi, in decanatu de Penwith, was rated at £6. In Wolsey’s inquistion, 1521, at £8. The parish was rated to the four shillings per pound Land Tax, 1696, at £91 9s.

The earth of this parish hath tin lodes in it of great riches.

Lysons’ History & Topography—1814

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

Sancreed, or Sancreet, in the deanery and in the west division of the hundred of Penwith, lies six miles and a half nearly north-east from the Land’s-end, and three and a half nearly west from Penzance, which is the post-office town. The principal villages in this parish are, Bejouans, Bosvennen, Botreah, Sellan, Trenuggo, and Tregonnebris.

The manor of Tregonnebris, the only manor now known in the parish, is in severalties between James Buller, Esq., M.O., by inheritance from Grosse; Messrs. Alexander Marrack, George Hosken, and Pascoe Ellis. Bosvennen, formerly esteemed a manor, belonged, in the reign of Edward IV., to the family of Phelipse: the barton, on which is now a farm-house, is the property of Mrs. Hunt. The bartons of Botreah, belonging to the family of Usteck, and Sellon, belonging to John Borlase Esq., are occupied also by farm-houses. Drift, which we suppose to be the same as Driff, which was the ancient seat of the Trewrens, is now a farm-house, the property of Mr. Alexander Marrack, and Mr. Peter Harvey.

The great tithes are appropriated to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, who are patrons of the vicarage. There are the remains of three ancient chapels in this parish; chapel Uny, in the small village of Brahan; another in the small village of Bosence; and a third on Chapel-downs.

e See Rot. Pat. 20 Edw. IV.

Additions and Corrections

We were misinformed as to several particulars relating to this parish. The manor of Tregonnebris is wholly in Mr. Buller: the other persons mentioned are only tenants. Bosvennan is the property of the Honourable Mrs. Agar (formerly Miss Hunt). John Borlase, Esq. is dead, and succeeded by his son, a minor.

Topographical Dictionary of England—1831

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

SANCREED, a parish in the hundred of Penwith county of Cornwall, 4 miles (W. by S.) from Penzance, containing 1001 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Cornwall, and diocese of Exeter, rated in the king’s books at £8, and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. Besides the church, here were three ancient chapels, of which there are still some remains. There is a place or worship for Wesleyan Methodists.