St Ives  Cornwall


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described St Ives like this:

St Ives.-- mun. bor., seaport town, and par. with ry. sta., Cornwall, on St Ives Bay, 8 miles NE. of Penzance, 1890 ac., pop. 6445; P.O.,T.O., 2 Banks. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. St Ives (said to take its name from St Iva, an Irish missionary lady of 5th century) has boat building, rope and seine making, &c., but its principal business is the pilchard fishery, which is extensively prosecuted. ...

Many of the inhabitants are employed in the neighbouring mines; and there are exports of copper, tin, and slates. The harbour is provided with a pier and breakwater, and is defended by a battery. St Ives was incorporated in 1639; it returned 2 members to Parliament from the time of John until 1832, and 1 member from 1832 until 1885. St Ives Bay is 44 miles across the entrance, and penetrates 2½ miles S.; on E. side of bay, on Godrevy Island, is a lighthouse 86 ft. high, with flashing light (Godrevy) 120 ft. above high water and seen 15 miles.

St Ives through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 21st May 2024

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