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Wesleyan Chapel, Balwest - - 233469.jpg
Balwest Methodist chapel, a Grade II listed building
Balwest is located in Cornwall
Balwest shown within Cornwall
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Country England
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Post town Helston
Postcode district TR13
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50°07′15″N 5°21′56″W / 50.12082°N 5.36551°W / 50.12082; -5.36551Coordinates: 50°07′15″N 5°21′56″W / 50.12082°N 5.36551°W / 50.12082; -5.36551

Balwest (Cornish: Bal West, meaning Western mine) is a hamlet in the civil parish of Porthleven[1] in west Cornwall, England, in the United Kingdom .[2] It is in the civil parish of Germoe.

The hamlet is on the southern edge of a former mining area, part of a geological formation known as the Tregonning-Godolphin Granite (one of five granite batholiths in Cornwall) which was formerly an important source of tin and copper ore (see also Geology of Cornwall).

A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was opened at Balwest in 1829 for miners.[3] The building is Grade II listed.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 5, 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2010.  Cornwall Council online mapping. Retrieved May 2010
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  3. ^ [1] GENUKI website: Germoe. Retrieved May 2010