Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for PENWITH

PENWITH, a hundred in the extreme S W of Cornwall; containing Madron parish and twenty-six other parishes, and cut into two divisions, E and W. Acres of the E div., 49, 546. Pop. in 1851, 53, 757. Houses, 9, 878. Acres of the W.-div., 49, 872. Pop. in 1851, 28, 781. Houses, 5, 269. Pop. of the whole in 1861, 88, 953. Houses, 17, 191. Penwith proper is the Lands End; called by the ancient British Penwith, signifying"the left-hand headland; " and was known to the Saxons as Penwithsteort.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a hundred"   (ADL Feature Type: "countries, 3rd order divisions")
Administrative units: Cornwall AncC
Place names: PENWITH     |     PENWITHSTEORT
Place: Penwith

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