In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described St Agnes like this:
AGNES (St.), One of the Scilly Islands, near the southern extremity of the group, separated on the NE from St. Mary's by St. Mary's Sound. It consists of two parts, St. Agnes-proper and the Gugh, divided from each other by high water of spring tides. The former measures about 1 mile by ½; the latter, about ¾ of a mile by ¼. Much of the land is fertile and well cultivated. St. Agnes-proper displays some interesting features, contains a church, and is crowned by a light house, 72 feet high, having a revolving light, with one minute flash. The Gugh has a curious rock pillar 9 feet long, and several stonecovered barrows. Pop., 200.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of St Agnes, in Isles of Scilly and Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd December 2014
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