Gwithian is a chapelry of Phillack Ancient Parish in Cornwall. 

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1560
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1597

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

GWITHIAN, a village, a parish, and a stream, in Redruth district, Cornwall. The village stands near the mouth of the stream, at the E side of St. Ives bay, 2½ miles N by W of Gwinear Road r. station, and 3¾ NE of Hayle; and has been so exposed to accumulations of drift sand as to have been in risk of destruction by them, and as to have required an extensive planting of the arundo arenaria to stop them. The parish comprises 2,318 acres of land, and 315 of water. Post town, Hayle. Real property, £2,340; of which £640 are in mines. Pop., 774. Houses, 168. The property is divided among a few. Much of the land has been overwhelmed by drift sand. Copper ore is worked; and, at one time, was worked more extensively than now. Building stone, and a peculiar kind of freestone, suitable for chimneys, are quarried. There are extensive ancient earthworks, called Trevarian Rounds. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Phillack, in the diocese of Exeter. The church is not good. Remains of an ancient, small, very rude chapel, a baptistery, and a grave yard, were, not long ago, discovered, by digging in to the sand, in the vicinity of the church. There is a Wesleyan chapel. The stream rises between Redruth and Camborne; and runs westward, about 6½ miles, to St. Ives bay.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records


England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

Cornwall Parish Register Index


Cornwall Burials A-Z index of surnames of people buried in Cornwall

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Cornwall
  • Civil Registration District: Redruth
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Penwith
  • Poor Law Union: Redruth
  • Hundred: Penwith
  • Province: Canterbury

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