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The differences between the civil (local government) and ecclesiastical (church) parish boundaries can be found by looking at the links in the Maps section below. The boundaries of the former have changed quite often. Most records on this website are based on the boundaries of the latter.

Blisland Parish Church
© David Coppin

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Blisland is Kay Halley, 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 alternate resources.


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


Trade Directories for Cornwall can be searched online here. For other information, see GenUKI.


Bastardy/Filiation Documents:

  1. dated 12 Jan 1774, Order naming John ARNOLD of this Parish.


  1. these are available in our searchable database and more detailed transcriptions are here.

Settlement Documents:

  1. dated 2 Jul 1833, Order for the removal of Thomas PERRY from Blisland to Little Petherick

Voters Lists:

  1. 1851/52
  2. 1853/54
  3. 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.

  13 May 1747, Phillippa PEAKE 5 Mar 1812, Thomas HARRIS 
  9 Jun 1748, Christopher LEAN 17 Sep 1832, John PEARCE, proved 1849
  12 Sep 1768, Humphry VIVIAN 22 Mar 1848, William MARSHALL
  15 Oct 1774, Thomas HARRIS 26 Sep 1853, Robert LEAN

Other Legal Documents:

  1. An agreement, involving a dispute over land in the parishes of Altarnun and Blisland, dated 1661 or 1662, naming Daniel and Getrude WILLS, Joseph and Margaret TOKER
  2. An Indenture, dated 28 Sep 1863 but mentioning earlier agreements by John TREISE of this Parish.

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

As always, 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 find the local government (civil) Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab.

The ecclesiastical (church) parish boundaries can be found by searching here on the Church of England website.

For maps and satellite images use Google Maps.

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


St Mabyn, St Breward, Altarnun (pre-1849), Bolventor (post-1849), Temple, Cardinham and Helland.


  1. Blisland 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 n100). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. Parochial and Family History of the Parish of Blisland in The County of Cornwall, by John Maclean, Esq., F. S. A.
  3. Phillimore's Marriages Vol IV transcripts including Blisland (transcribed and in our database)