Gulval  Cornwall


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Gulval like this:

GULVAL, a village and a parish in Penzance district, Cornwall. The village stands in a deep, wooded vale, at the northern extremity of Mounts bay, near the CornWall railway, 1¼ mile NE of Penzance. The parish comprises 4, 357 acres of land, and 190 of water. Post town, Penzance. Real property, £6, 500; of which £220 are in the railway, and £18 in quarries. ...

Pop., 1, 743. Houses, 332. The property is much subdivided. The manor anciently belonged to the Halse family; was given by them to the priory of St. Germain; and bore the name of LanistIey. The rocks are granite and schists; an have yielded much ore in mining operations. A tract which was long a bare moor is nom partly disposed in fields, and partly overgrown with briers and ivy. Gulval Carn, on that tract, commands a fine view of Mounts bay and Penzance. An ancient inscribed stone is at a stream, and was long used there as a foot bridge. A chalybeate spring is near Maddern, and was once the object of a singular superstition. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £449. Patron, the lord Chancellor. The church was built in the 15th century; is in good condition; and contains a register chest and some old monuments. An ancient cross is in the churchyard. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Bible Christians, a national school, and charities £15.

Gulval through time

Gulval is now part of Penwith district. Click here for graphs and data of how Penwith has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Gulval itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gulval, in Penwith and Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 19th June 2024

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