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Breage is a civil parish and village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is three miles west of Helston.Other settlements in the parish include the villages of Ashton, Carleen and Godolphin Cross; the coastal village of Praa Sands; and the Great Work mine. The ward population at the Census 2011 had increased to 4,757. Breage civil parish had a population increase to 3181.Breage is named after Saint Breaca, a missionary from Ireland and it is in the former Kerrier District.HistoryThe parish was at the time of Domesday Book within the manor of Binnerton. There were 8 hides of land with enough for 60 ploughs. There were 32 villagers and 25 smallholders with 15 ploughs between them. Apart from the arable land there was 2acre of meadow, 2 sq leagues of pasture and half a sq league of woodland. Livestock were 45 mares, 13 cattle, 5 pigs and 60 sheep; the annual value was £10.GeographyThe geological formation known as the Tregonning-Godolphin Granite underlies the parish and the area was formerly an important source of tin and copper ore . The area has evidence of habitation and mining for the past two millennia. Other than Praa Sands, the villages in the parish were tin and copper mining villages. Breage itself was where the mine owners lived as evidenced by the number of fine buildings in the village. The village water pump still stands today as a relic of the past. Most of today's working population are commuters, travelling to Helston, RNAS Culdrose, Porthleven, Penzance, Falmouth or even further afield. Some residents are still involved in farming or smallholding in the surrounding area. Ashton is at : it is situated on the A394 Penzance-Helston road one mile north of Praa Sands. Ashton has a pub called the Lion and Lamb and at one time had a football team.
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