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Sithney Parish Church courtesy of Steve Beazley

The parish of Sithney (sometime called St Bartholomew) is situated in the deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. It is bounded on the north by Crowan, on the east by Wendron and Helston and the Looe Pool which separates it from Gunwalloe, on the south by the sea, and on the west by Breage. It is named after the St Sezni. When God was deciding which saint was going to be the patron saint of what, he offered to make St Sezni the patron saint of young women. The saint moaned saying to God I shall never get any peace then! Id rather be the patron saint of mad dogs! To which God said what a good idea! Thereafter St Sezni became the patron saint of mad or sick dogs. It is said that the water from the well of St Sezni can cure madness and over the centuries, people have drunk from the well in this belief. The parish lies about three miles north west of the town of Helston in a mainly agricultural area. In the 19th century there were at least eight tin mines in the area, none of which are working today. There are the ruins of an old farmhouse Plane-an-Gwary, meaning 'place of the plays'. Here Cornish Miracle plays were acted in medieval times, and later Cornish wrestlers were seen here on feast and fair days.

The principal villages are the Churchtown, Porthleven, St Johns, Penrose, Mellangoose, Lower Prospidnick, Dowga, Sithney Common, Sithney Green, Coverack Bridges, Crown Town (or Gudna), Lowertown, Chyreen and Lower Tregadjack. Porthleven, which was originally part of this parish, became a separate parish in 1846.

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