CORNWALL ONLINE PARISH CLERKS - helping bring the past alive

The parish of


Sennen Cove
Sennen Cove, ©2004, G. Pritchard

SENNEN parish, in the Hundred of Penwith, is the most westerly parish in mainland Britain. Adjoining parishes are St Just in Penwith to the north. St Buryan to the east, St Levan south and 28 miles to the west is the parish of the Isles of Scilly sitting in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Parish includes Land's End, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Tourism here has been going on for hundreds of years and the people of the parish have also changed quite a lot in that time, with families moving out and new ones moving in. This makes the parish, and census records, a goldmine of information. Hopefully you will find some "lost" ancestors hiding here.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerks for Sennen are George & Sandra Pritchard who can be contacted by Email and who maintain a website for the parish.

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), 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.


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


For information visit the University of Leicester's Historical Directory website.



6 Nov 1686, Paskow ELLIS (might be of Zennor) 4 Sep 1799, John MADDERN, mariner

For more information regarding history, population, etc., 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 Sennen at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


St Just in Penwith, St Buryan and St Levan.


  1. Sennen is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume III by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838 (page 428). Also downloadable as a pdf from here.
  2. Phillimore's Marriages Vol III transcripts including Sennen (transcribed and in our database)


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The Parish Church Exterior (1) The Parish Church Exterior 2 The Parish Church Interior The Parish Church Pulpit Gravestone of Dionysius Williams
All photographs © Anthea Augustson