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Only six manors in West Penwith are, for certain, mentioned in Domesday. These are Alverton (Penzance), Eglosburie (St. Buryan), Brea and Kelynack (St. Just in Penwith), Lanisley (Gulval) and Ludgvan ?Lees?. The respective parish pages show a facsimile and translation of the extract. There is some doubt over the location of some other recorded references e.g. Trenwith (St. Ives & Towednack), Trevidor (St. Buryan) and Whitesand (Sennen). See the General Cornwall Bibliography for books about this survey.

Manorial Records

This is a list of relevant Manors whose records are held at the Cornwall Record Office. It was extracted from the CRO publication “A Gazetteer of Cornish Manors” revised 1998. As I find out more detail about the extent of records and location of lands, I will update this list.

Estate Sales

Abstracts are available for the sales of …

The Bolton, Cowley and Lanhydrock Estates and especially the Tregenna Castle Estate include late examples of the “Three Lives Lease” system popular in Cornwall since the middle ages. An example of one of these is transcribed and online on this site.

CRO Estate records

Estate records including leases for non-manorial estates are indexed in the CRO by parish. Some examples follow as an idea of the sort of information that may be available. These are extracted from the annual accession lists.

Also various properties over West Penwith 1694–1909 X867/1–24.

As an example Barbara Castle posted (CORNISH-L 28 Jun 2001) this history of a modest 4 room house at 20, Rosevean Road, Penzance. The information was extracted from wills and leases.

1835    JOHN BATTEN (d. 18.6.1875) of Penzance sold  100 yr lease of land for
        building to:
JOHN THOMAS—conveyancer
1839    THOMAS HAWKE  of Penzance, Baker, rented property
1844    PETER ROBERTS of Penzance, Limeburner, rented property
1851    ROBERT EDWARD NICHOLAS of Penzance, Chandler & Shoemaker, bought
        lease (died a bachelor 6.4. 1897)
1851    ANTHONY TRIPCONY of Gulval, Miller, rented property
1865    JOHN TREWHELLA of Penzance, Gentleman, rented property
1867    JOHN TROUNSON of Penzance, Builder, rented property
1891    HENRY STEWART of Penzance, bought freehold from JOHN BATTEN (Jnr ?)
1897    EMILY LOUISA PAUL of 41, Caldswell Rd, Penzance, widow (sister of
        R.E. NICHOLAS) inherits lease
        Lease assigned to THOMAS HARRY of St. Buryan, Butcher married to
        SOPHIA (? nee PAUL)
1924    Lease assigned to executors of Sophia Harry, SAMUEL TREWHELLA of
        Sunnyside, Sennen & JOSEPH VIVIAN THOMAS of Alverton St. Penzance
1931    Freehold inherited by  MARY ANN STEWART, widow of The Weeths,
        Penzance  &
        LEONARD STEWART of St. Mary’s Terrace, Penzance, Ironmonger

There are some later names including TREVAIL, TREGONING & WILTON