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Although it has never been a large parish, nowadays, long after the closure of the mines, St Allen comprises only a few houses. In its hey-day, around 1871, the parish comprised 774 inhabitants and provided the home for miners working at East Wheal Rose, just across the border in the neighbouring parish of St Newlyn East.

One of Cornwall’s greatest 19th Century tragedies occurred on 9 July 1846: a flash storm flooded East Wheal Rose, with the loss of thirty-nine men, many of whom were residents of, and buried in, St Allen. You can read about the flood and its victims here, together with a note from the St Allen Burial Register.

The registers for the parish church of St Allen (or St Alunus) date from 1680, but by 1873 the Wesleyan Methodists and Bible Christians had established their chapels in Zelah, a hamlet within the parish. Like many other nonconformist religions, they operated preaching circuits, and many of Zelah’s Wesleyan Baptisms were recorded in the St Newlyn East or Truro circuit registers. Similarly, many of the Bible Christian records for St Allen residents are found in Truro Bible Christian registers.

St Agnes
Hawkins Arms, 2002,© Steven Beazley

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Allen is Gillian Hart, 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, FreeCens 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 Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently.


Trade Directories for Cornwall can be searched online here.


Settlement Documents:

  16 Mar 1790, Edward & Elizabeth HOCKING (& Truro) 4 Sep 1856, Mary PLINT & children (& Budock)


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.

  25 Mar 1597, John BREY 16 Mar 1779, Robert CLEMOW
  30 Jan 1604, William ROBERTS 3 Aug 1779, Oliver VINCENT
  1 Jan 1657, John COOK 24 Oct 1788, Barbara CLEMOW
  12 Oct 1700, Richard STRAIGHT/STRAITE 21? Feb 1789, Thomas HOSKING, proved 1797
  18 Mar 1730, John COCK, junr. 29 Apr 1810, Catherine HOSKING, proved 1818
  25 Dec 1734, Robert VINCENT 17 Jun 1833, Nicholas BISHOP
  13 Jan 1736, Richard PAUL 5 Jun 1838, Thomas HOSKINS
  17 Feb 1742, Edmund JOHNS, proved 1752 1 Nov 1838, Sarah HOSKINS
  12 Mar 1753, Thomas CARTHEW 25 Apr 1849, Mary VINCENT, admin only
  20 Dec 1760, Thomas HOSKINS  

Additional information can be found in the Cornwall section of 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 St Allen at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


Perranzabuloe, Newlyn East, St Erme, St Clement and Kenwyn.


  1. St Allen 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 n54). 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 XVIII transcripts including St Allen (transcribed and in our database/a>). For the Contents page, keep clicking Next until page 7/160 appears.