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The parish of


is in the Hundred of Lesneweth, and the Deanery of Trigg-minor, in the North Cornwall District, on the edge of Bodmin Moor. It is named for St. Alhawyn or Adwena. There is no village called Advent.
The area is mainly farmland with some areas of moorland to the east of the parish; the underlying material is granite. It contains the small villages of Treclogoe (Trelogoe), Pencarrow and Tresinney. There are also a number of small hamlets and farmsteads dotted around the parish and a few small streams cross it. A man-made lake, Crowdy Reservoir, lies in the East of the Parish.
The Anglican parish church is located just to the North East of the hamlet of Tresinney and was dedicated to St Athwenna (or Adwenna) in 1340 (and probably was consecrated on Advent Sunday), but is now known as Advent. It was endowed in the 14th century by the Duke of Cornwall and is constructed in the perpendicular style. The Bible Christians had a Meeting House in Advent, which is no longer in use.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The OPC (Genealogy) for Advent is Deborah Vosper who can be contacted at .

 For information about (and contact details for) the current parish council, please see this website.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.



Information can be found at COCP - the Cornwall Online Census Project - which is complete for 1841 to 1891 and has been verified, FreeCen at Rootsweb, which has a very good search engine and information from COCP, as well as GenUKI, which has more reference information and alternative resources.


For Advent Parish Register information and other resources, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently.  The C-PROP coverage page is here.


For information, see GenUKI.


Voters Lists:

  1. 1851/52
  2. 1852/53
  3. 1856/57
  4. 1864/65


A list of available Wills and Probate Documents. Copies of those marked as CRO can be ordered from here using the appropriate reference.  For those marked as NA enter the reference in the search box on this page and follow the onscreen instructions.

  29 May 1611, John HOCKEN 20 Jun 1743, John GILL
  13 Apr 1650/1656?, William MITCHELL 25 Nov 1746, Daniel LOMBARD, also of Lanteglos by Camelford
  5 Aug 1653, Jacob HOCKEN 28 Jan 1748, Mary DINHAM
  18 May 1657, John MELLAND/MEDLAND 10 Jun 1749, Aves BROWNE
  24 Nov 1741, John LEANE 12 Oct 1750, Jane DANGAR
  10 Jan 1743, Christopher ARNOLD  

For photographs of the moor, the church, and more, please visit the Bodmin Moor website.

For an indenture, dated 16 Sep 1829, involving William BURT, Thomas JORY and several parcels of land in the parish, click here.

Other documents mentioning several parishes, including Advent, can be found here.

For more information regarding history, population, etc., visit GenUKI.


For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To see the Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab for Government Boundaries.

For maps and satellite images use Google Maps.

To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for Advent at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


Lanteglos-by-Camelford, Davidstow, St Breward and Michaelstow.


  1. Advent is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume I by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838 (page n40). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. The Cornwall Register by John Wallis, A.M. F.S.S., then Vicar of Bodmin, printed 1847. If the in-built search produces no results, use the index pages (474-476) to find your parish of interest. Tables of statistics and other data can be found at the beginning of the book, starting at page n9.
  3. Phillimore's Marriages Vol I transcripts including Advent (transcribed and in our database)