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The parish of


should not be confused with St. Anthony in Meneage, which is across the bay in Kirrier, or Antony which is snuggled into the extreme south-eastern corner of Cornwall, not far from Plymouth. The parish is named after St Anthony, while ' Roseland' is thought to mean "the land of the promontory" - Rhos being old Cornish for 'Headland'.

It is in the deanery and Hundred of Powder and is bounded on the south by the English Channel, on the west by Falmouth harbour and on the east by Gerrans. From the narrow isthmus by which it is joined to Gerrans, to the point of the entrance to Falmouth harbour, it is about two and a half miles long, by half a mile wide, covering approximately 732 acres.

St. Anthony Lighthouse
� Simon Lewis, 2003

The prominent lighthouse, built in 1835 and still operating, and a former gun battery on its south-western promontory, provide dramatic scenery.
There is a Wesleyan chapel, and an Anglican church, which was rebuilt in 1863. There are very few houses in this small parish, which is mainly comprised of sparse farmland over a granite base. The parish no longer exists as a civic unit; it was incorporated into the parish of Gerrans in 1934.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Anthony in Roseland is Bill O'Reilly, who can be contacted by Email.

Please visit my Gerrans-St. Anthony in Roseland website; if unable to find your answer there, please contact me at the above address for information.



Please visit COCP (Cornwall Online Census Project), which is complete for 1841 to 1891 and validated, FreeCens at Rootsweb - both are free, searchable databases - or check GenUKI for other alternatives.


Partial transcriptions of Parish Registers are on my website, which are frequently being added to. Also, please check our searchable database which is updated frequently. For further Parish Register information, please see GenUKI (link below), or visit the LDS Library section for information on filmed parish records.

For further Parish Register information, please see GenUKI - link below.


For information, see GenUKI. Link below  or visit the University of Leicester's Directories website, which has many directories online to view for free.


To view a Bastardy Order, dated 9 Mar 1705, naming Ann TUDDY and Nicholas MINHEER, click here.

Settlement Documents:

  6 Mar 1794, Ann ROBERTS (& St Just in Roseland)  


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.

14 Jul 1611, Nicholas WILLIAM als GILLAM 18 May 1841, John HILL
  6 Feb 1618, Richard WILLIAMS 6 Jul 1849, James LAWRY
  27 Dec 1783, George PEARCE 14 Aug 1852, John Garland CREGOE
  23 Feb 1836, John CANNING 6 May 1855, Mary HILL

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 St Anthony in Roseland at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.



St Just in Roseland, Gerrrans and, across the Fal estuary, Falmouth.


  1. St Anthony in Roseland (St Anthony in Powder) 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 n66). 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.