In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Mousehole like this:

MOUSEHOLE, a village in St. Paul parish, Cornwall; on Mounts bay, 2.25 miles S of Penzance. It was formerly called Porth-Enys; was once a market-town; was burned in 1595 by the Spaniards; is now a seat of the pilchard fishery; and has a post-office under Penzance, a coast-guard station, and a Wesleyan chapel. St. Clement’s Island lies opposite the village near the shore; and had formerly a chapel. A charming terrace-road, with very fine views, goes along the margin of the bay from Mouse-hole to Penzance.

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The present bye laws, dated 1983, are currently being re-drafted and should be released in 2014.

Bye Laws are available to download as a PDF file. Please click below to download the latest version.

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Jet skis, speed boats and divers are prohibited from the harbour.