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Putting Newlyn and Mousehole on the Map

Tithe maps were drawn up when tithe payments (a clergy-support tax of a tenth of all parish produce including fish) were commuted or changed to equal money. They usually form a starting point for studying a settlement, but the tithe map of 1843 for Paul omits the already commuted urban areas of Newlyn and Mousehole.Blank areas are labelled houses and sand of no value. The only detailed coverage is for Tolcarne, the most northerly part of Newlyn, which lies in Madron parish.

The first useful map for detailed study of Newlyn and Mousehole is the Ordnance Survey map surveyed in 1875-6. Published in 1881 and updated in 1906-8 and the 1930s, this was also the basis for the Lloyd George Domesday (or land valuation) of 1910-15.

Content generated during research for the paperback book 'Cornwall and the Coast: mousehole and Newlyn' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-489-8) for the England's Past for Everyone series