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GERMOE is a township, parish and village, 6 miles north-west from Helston, and 8 from Penzance, in the Western division of the county, Kerrier Hundred, Helston Union, Kerrier deanery , Cornwall Archdeaconry, and Exeter bishopric; it is situated on the high road from Helston to Penzance.  The church of St. Germoe is an old building, in the Perpendicular style of architecture; has a square embattled tower containing 3 bells, a porch (over which is a carved Crucifixion) a nave, aisles, chancel, two transepts, font, and chest containing registers from 1682; the pews are most irregular, each owner having adopted his own place; there are several mural monuments. In the churchyard is a sedilia, called the arm-chair of St Germoe; beneath is supposed to be a burial vault. The living is a curacy attached to Breage worth £100 yearly, with residence, in the gift of the Crown; the Rev. E. Morris PRIDMORE, M.A. is the incumbent, and the Rev. George Wintour, B.A., is the curate. There is a chapel for Wesleyans; a National school for boys and girls, endowed with £10 by the Duke of LEEDS; a Sunday school is held at the church. Pengersick Castle, at Sydney Cove, is an ancient and dilapidated building, and many legends are recorded of it; one of the old towers is still standing. There are several mines in this parish. The population, in 1851 was 970, and the acreage is 1,288. The soil is loamy; the subsoil is granite. The Duke of LEEDS, Hender MOLESWOTH ST-AUBYN, Esq., and S BULLER Esq., are lords of the manor and chief landowners. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and turnips.


WINTOUR Rev. George B.A.



BASTIAN Thomas, Farmer

CARTER John, Farmer

EUSTICE William, Shopkeeper

HEBBARD Henry John, Farmer

HEBBARD James, Farmer

HEBBARD Thos. ‘St Aubyn’s’ &Postmstr

HOSKIN William, Smith

JAMES John, Shoemaker

KESKEYNES James, Carpenter & Farmer

LEMON James Plomer, Farmer

MARTIN William Henry, agent to Leeds & St Aubyn consols

NICHOLLS Richard, Shopkeeper & Farmer

PAUL John, Carpenter

PAUL Martha (Mrs), Shopkeeper

SIMMONS Peter, Parish clerk

TOLL Nicholas, Farmer

TOLL William, ‘Dolphin’

WALLIS John, Master of school

WILLIAMS John, Farmer


Letters through Helston, which is the nearest money order office.