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St Erme is now called St Erme with Trispen, the result of the amalgamation of two hamlets. They were joined together by the construction of a large estate in the 1970s. The village is about 4 miles north of Truro and is bounded by St Allen, St Clement, Ladock and Probus. The village is fortunate in that it has a shop (including post office), church and pub. Once it was a largely agricultural parish, but now most inhabitants work in Truro, making it a dormitory village.

The church is dedicated to Erme, or Hermes. St Erme was a Greek, martyred in Rome about AD132. He is a little-known saint, with no churches in England and only three in Cornwall. The dedication dates from before the Norman Conquest and was endowed by the Lord of the Manor of Polsew, which was listed in the Domesday Book.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Erme is Gillian Hart, who can be contacted at . Gill maintains a parish genealogy website.

Contact details for the current parish council can be found here.
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 Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently and GenUKI. The parish coverage page for C-PROP is here.


For information, see the University of Leicester's website of Historical Directories or GenUKI.


Bastardy/Filiation Documents:

  10 Jan 1703, John FRANCIS & William FRANCIS 9 Dec 1783, William ROBERTS, Ann ROBERTS

For a Bastardy Bond, dated

Settlement Documents:

  23 Jan 1740, Matthew ENTY (& Probus) 4 Mar 1805, Joseph SANDERS (& Probus)
  20 Jan 1761, Nicholas & Thomasin BLAKE & family (& Probus) 26 Oct 1807, Jenifer PAPPIN (& Probus)
  27 Oct 1804, Jane SAUNDERS (& Probus) 24 Mar 1808, Arthur & Mary ENDEAN (& Probus)


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.

  1 Jan 1583, John JAGOWE 20 Feb 1747, John BONE
  22 Nov 1595, John CORRINGTON 8 Sep 1747, Thomas JAMES
  4 May 1616, Nathaniell HILL 24 Aug 1752, William JULLIEF
  10 Jul 1650, Richard ANDREW 1763, Mary JAMES (summary)
  23 Dec 1681, Isack CARTER 10 May 1785, Richard STRAIGHT/STRIGHT
  26 Apr 1733, Francis FOSS, proved 1752  

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


St Allen, Newlyn East, Ladock, Probus, Merther and St Clement.


  1. St Erme (St Earme) 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 n432). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. Phillimore's Marriages Vol XX transcripts including St Erme (transcribed and in our database). For the Contents page, keep clicking Next until page 7/159 appears.