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The parish of St Hilary once included the Town of Marazion and the offshore island St Michael’s Mount. Many of the older records refer to residents as being ‘of the town’ or ‘of the parish’. The term ‘of the town’ refers to the Town of Marazion, while ‘of the parish’ refers to the balance of the parish. St Michael’s Mount is usually referred to by it’s own name. The parish, excluding Marazion and St Michael’s Mount, has no business center and is made up of a number of small clusters of residences; Plain-an-Gwarry, Tregurtha, Churchtown, Trewhella, Relubbus, Hallamaning, Colenso, Millpool, Greenberry, Woodstock, Carter’s Downs, Rosudgeon, Trevean, and Prussia Cove are some of these communities. The parish was made up mostly of families of miners and farmers.
The Town of Marazion and St Michael’s Mount were inhabited by tradespeople, fishermen and the men of the sea, the mariners, who were a part of the coastal trading.
The parish church was located at Churchtown and with its unique tower was a landmark used by the mariners from far out at sea. There was also a church at Marazion, it being a chapelry of St Hilary, controlled by the ‘mother church’ at Churchtown. The church rites of the entire parish, (baptisms, marriages and burials) were all performed at the ‘mother church’ until 1813 when the Marazion church was awarded the ability to conduct baptisms and burials. It was not until about 1850 that the Marazion church was allowed to conduct marriages. In 1892 Marazion became a fully independent parish.
St Hilary parish completely encircles the landward sides of the parish of Perranuthnoe. Since the principal community of Perranuthnoe, known as Goldsithney, is so near St Hilary Churchtown, a lot of those residents attended or had their rites performed at the St Hilary Church.
Therefore it is prudent for researchers of the parishes of Perranuthnoe, St Hilary, and Marazion (including St Michael’s Mount) to also check the records of those other parishes.
There are two cemeteries in St Hilary; the churchyard containing the older burials, and across the road from it is the newer cemetery (first utilised in 1894).

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Geneaalogy) for St Hilary is Al Kline who can be contacted by email.
For information about, and contact details for, the current parish council, please see this website.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.



Information can be found at COCP (the Cornwall Online Census Project), which is complete for 1841 to 1891 and has been verified, FreeCen at Rootsweb, which has a very good search engine and information from COCP, as well as GenUKI, which has more reference information and alternative resources.


  1. 1821 Census (no names required)
  2. 1831 Census (no names required)


For Parish Register information and other resources, please see our searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated regularly, and GenUKI.  The C-PROP parish coverage page is here.


For information, see GenUKI or visit the University of Leicester's Directories website, which has many directories online to view for free.


School Admissions:

  1879-1913, St Hilary Board School 1913 on, St Hilary Council School

Settlement Papers:

  5 Jun 1776, Johanna BONDS (& Truro) Apr 1843, Nicholas & Ann MATTHEWS & children (& Crowan)
  7 Jun 1836, Grace STEVENS & children (& Crowan)  

Tithe Apportionments:

  1. St Hilary 1899 (pdf)


A list of available Wills and Probate Documents. Copies of those marked as CRO can be ordered from here using the appropriate reference.  For those marked as NA enter the reference in the search box on this page and follow the onscreen instructions.

  25 Jan 1686, Katherine St AUBYN (Marazion) 8 Dec 1771, John MAUGHAM (Marazion)
2 Jul 1723, a Clause in the Will of the Revd. John PENNECK 12 Jun 1804, James SILVER (Marazion)
  4 Apr 1734, James WILLIAMS 11 Apr 1809, Richard MILDRUM
  14 Oct 1741, Mary PENNECK 24 Jan 1816, John SIMONS
  23 Jul 1743, Thomas PENBERTHY (Marazion) 8 Apr 182-?, Matthew ANGOVE
  7 May 1745, John JAMES 25 Feb 1822, Joan CARTER
  8 Feb 1746, Francis SQUIRES (Marazion)  

Snippets of Parish news (1700s & 1800s), transcribed from a register, mentioning the Wills of Mrs. Amy HILL and Revd. John PENNECK, plus news of a minor earthquake and parish statistics.

For more information regarding History, Population, and much more, visit GenUKI.


For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To see the Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab for Government Boundaries.

For maps and satellite images use Google Maps.

To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for St Hilary at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


Perranuthnoe, Ludgvan, Marazion (post-1813), St Erth, Godolphin (post-1848), Germoe and Breage.


  1. St Hilary is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume II by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838 (page 166). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. Walks about St. Hilary, Chiefly among the Poor, by Charlotte Champion Pascoe, first published in 1879
  3. Phillimore's Marriages Vol IX transcripts including St Hilary (transcribed and in our database)