In 1871 my Phillips family was living in 'South Downs' Redruth. They emigrated to Australia 5 years later. What was South Downs? an area or a district? According to the 1871 census there were a lot of families living in South Downs including a school.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Feb 10, 2015 23:21:34 GMT -5
South Downs is a part of Redruth Parish and it may be easier to understand if I try to liken it to something in Australia.
Redruth is a County Parish which in our terms might be likened to a Shire. In Australia a Shire may be made up of several towns, farm areas, communities etc. and the Parishes of Cornwall are similar. Where I am we are in Indigo Shire which includes towns such as Beechworth, Yackandandah, Stanley, Chiltern, Rutherglen along with smaller 'hamlets' such as Wooragee and farming districts such as Indigo Valley.
In the Cornwall situation Redruth is a Parish and the 'Churchtown' within that Parish is the Town of Redruth. Within the Parish you will find many Villages and Hamlets and farming communities which are all identified in the Census at the left of the form. Hence South Downs is home to many families.