I am John Smith, the Online Parish Clerk ("OPC")
for Phillack and Hayle, with family history interests in these and other
nearby parishes. To learn about Cornwall's Online Parish Clerk project,
visit the OPC website.
objective with this website is to assist family historians and others with an
interest in Phillack and/or Hayle with their research by bringing together
genealogical and local historical information in a single place.
Please feel free to contact me (see 'Contacting Me' below)
if you cannot find the information you were looking for in these pages. I
have more records that await transcription or cannot be published on the
website but I am always happy to do look ups - all that is needed is a
please and a thank you.
The transcriptions in these pages results from the efforts
of many people worldwide and thanks are due to them for allowing their work
to be included here.
Also, a reminder that
many of the transcribed items on these pages have not been verified and
no responsibility is accepted for errors or omissions. As with every
resource, researchers are urged to refer to the original documentation to
satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of the information.
This website will
continue to be a 'work in progress' as
further transcriptions from the registers of churches in
Phillack and Hayle are added
time and as newspaper extracts and other material that relate to people
and/or events in Phillack or Hayle come to hand.
About Phillack and Hayle -
The parish of Phillack,
originally located in the Hundred of Penwith, was bounded on the north by Gwithian, on
the east by Gwinear, on the south by St. Erth, and on the west by St. Ives
Bay and the River Hayle estuary - the latter separates it from Lelant. This
is an area of sand dunes stretching from the mouth of the River Hayle at
Riviere Towans, northwards to Godrevy Point. It was not mentioned in the
Doomsday survey of 1086, but the area once appeared to include a Celtic
Named from the Cornish heyl, 'estuary',
the civil parish
of Hayle was formally created from part of the now defunct civil parish of Phillack in
1888, later combined with the civil parish of Phillack in 1935 and in 1937 was
incorporated as part of the civil parish of St. Erth.
learn more of the history
of Phillack and Hayle,
To see an aerial view of modern day Hayle
and the surrounding area, courtesy of Multimap.com,
To read Wikipedia's article on Phillack,
To read Wikipedia's article on Hayle,
To read an extract from Black's Guide to the
Duchy of Cornwall, a travel guide published in 1879 on the town
of Hayle, and reproduced here with the kind permission of Rosemary
and Stan Rodcliffe,
Census To see what
census information for Phillack and Hayle is available and where to find it,
Churches and Church Registers -
History of local churches and transcriptions from their registers.
Note that OPC's have no
role in the day to day activities of churches in their selected
communities. To contact church officials from Phillack's Parish Church or
St. Elwyn in Hayle, email
the Godrevy Team Ministry Office in Hayle. The Godrevy Team
Ministry provides the pastoral activities of the Parish Churches of Phillack
Gwithian, Gwinear, St. Erth and St. Elwyn Hayle.
Phillack Parish Church
(St Felicitas) - To see photos of this
church and learn of the church's history,
click here. To
baptisms, marriages and burials at this church,
Copperhouse Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
- To see photos of this chapel and chapel life, circa 1930, or
transcriptions of baptisms for 1819-1837,
St. Elwyn Hayle -
To see transcriptions
of baptisms and marriages at this church,
To see a recent 360Ί
photograph of the interior of this church, courtesy of 'Panoramic Earth',
Hayle Wesleyan Circuit
- With permission from Cornwall Legacy, limited lookups from the Hayle
Wesleyan Circuit Register (from 1866 to 1900) and Hayle Wesleyan Circuit
(Wall Section) Register (from 1862 to 1900) are available by
contacting me. Contact
Legacy for all transcription details.
St. Erth Parish Church - As that part of Hayle
known as Foundry straddled the border between the parishes of
Phillack/Hayle and St. Erth, there were many baptisms, marriages and burials
at the St. Erth Parish Church that related to residents of Phillack and
Click to see a list of
St. Erth baptisms between 1813 and 1899 where the abode of a parent was
Phillack or Hayle.
Click to see
a list of
St. Erth marriages during the period 1701 to 1919 where the abode of the
bride and/or groom was Phillack or Hayle. Click to see a list of
St. Erth burials between 1701 and 1930 where the deceased's abode was
Phillack or Hayle.
History - A series of
articles on aspects of the
history of these two communities.
A collection of
links to other websites that may be of interest.
Click to view a
collection of mostly
old maps of the area.
To see a current map of
the area, please go to
Multimap.com. You can choose the area in which you would like to search
and enlarge the map to very fine detail. Aerial views of the areas are
options offered by Multimap.
Other Records -
For these records,
Extracts from the
'Cornish in Latin America' database - those
born in, or emigrated from, Phillack or Hayle;
Kelly's 1873 Directory for Phillack;
A list of mines in Hayle and Phillack;
Newspaper extracts (news, births, marriages and deaths), of events in,
or people from, Hayle or Phillack;
1641 Protestation Return for Phillack;
1569 Muster of males aged 16 to 60 recorded at Phillack
1832 List of Voters in respect of Property situate in Phillack;
Cornish Children Admitted to Royal School for Deaf Children;
Children of Bodmin Gaol -
'Scoundrels, Scamps and Starvelings';
Extracts from 1920 catalogue for sale of
"Agricultural and Other Properties", some located in
Photographs Here are two photos
provided by Jim Davey
and reproduced with his kind permission.
One photo was taken at a street party held at
Trelawney Place Hayle, on
VJ Day when World War II ended in 1945. There are many local
characters here - do you recognise anyone?
The second photo is of the chapel at
Hayle Foundry, possibly taken in the 1920s or 1930s.
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back button to return to this page.
This aerial photo of
Phillack Parish Church, reproduced with the kind permission of Phil
Evans, webmaster of www.oldukphotos.com, provides a perspective of the
church, graveyard and the surrounding area.
Note: use your
browser's back button to return to this page.
To view a
selection of modern day photos of Phillack and Hayle,
taken by Charles Winpenny, that are reproduced here with his kind
More modern day photographs of Phillack and Hayle and the surrounding
area can be found at the
and at the
Cornwall Guide websites.
Note: use your
browser's back button to return to this page.
To view a
collection of photographs of events, people and scenes in the
Hayle Community Archive,
Postcard Images - Images of Phillack and Hayle in the early
1900s from Julie Wheeler's collection of postcards and reproduced with
her kind permission.
Are there others also researching family interests similar to
yours? To see a list of researchers with family interests in
Phillack and/or Hayle.
Click here. If you would like to add your Phillack and/or Hayle
interests to this list, please contact me (see below).
Strays are usually those born in one parish or community and later found
elsewhere, often in a census record. A list of strays born/baptised in
Phillack or Hayle and found elsewhere in England or Wales
in the 1851 or a subsequent census
will be available later.
and Letters of Administration
("Admons") - To see an index of wills and admons
for Phillack residents during the period 1660 to 1768 as compiled by Kathie
here. For Kathie's supplementary index,
then scroll down to the entries for Phillack. To see Kathie's abstracts of
wills and admons at her Cornish Genealogy Database,
Please note that I have
no information on wills or probates and suggest that researchers visit the
page at the Genuki Cornwall website for guidance.
A Cornish Hero - Rick Rescorla - 9/11, The Day That
Changed The World
Rick Rescorla, who was born in 1939 at
Hayle and grew up there,
enabled thousands to escape from New York's
World Trade Centre on that fateful day. To
learn more of this Cornish and American hero,
in 2011, a cousin of Rick Rescorla, the Cornish born hero of the the
2001 attack on the New York World Trade Centre recalls events of
that fateful day 10 years ago. To read the article in Cornwall's
"Western Morning News" published on 6 Sep 2011,
Contacting Me - To email me,
Before emailing me, please make sure your email program and/or your
ISP will not reject messages from me as spam.
All transcriptions have been carried out
by volunteers and many items have not been verified and no responsibility is
accepted for errors or omissions. As with every resource, researchers are
urged to refer to the original documentation to verify the information.
Copyright © 2005-2012 John Smith. All
material is copyright and/or reproduced with permission. Use is restricted to individuals conducting
historical and/or family history research.
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Last Updated 6 September, 2012