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The parish of


St Minver St Minver
© M. Balmer, 2005 © M. Balmer, 2005

The beautiful parish of St. Minver is located on the North Coast of Cornwall, and contains the villages of St. Minver, Rock, Trebetherick, Polzeath, Tredrissick, and Penmain. There are three churches with associated churchyards, namely St. Michael's, St. Enodoc, and St. Menefreda. On the Camel Estuary, the area is a popular holiday spot for water sports. The Doom Bar in the estuary, and the rocks on the Atlantic coast, once led to many shipwrecks. There is a passenger ferry across the Camel from Rock to Padstow.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Minver is Pat Balmer, who can be contacted by Email.
For information about (and contact details for) the current parish council, please see either this for St Minver Highlands or this for Lowlands.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.

 Pat at work!

A Message from the OPC:

All resources I hold are shown on the Resources page of my website; please visit for more information.

I am also building a database for St. Minver Folk, (1558 to 1901), using Family Tree Maker. There are currently 11,000 individuals on the database. Anyone appearing in the Parish Registers, buried in the graveyard, staying in St. Minver on census nights between 1841 and 1901 and information from other documents (books and newspapers) is included. Is your ancestor on here? Do you have information you would be willing to share about your ancestor who lived in St. Minver? Please send me an email.

Personally researching in St. Minver Blake, Collin(g)(s), Carhart, and all female lines marrying into these families.



I have census information from 1841 to 1901 for St. Minver folk, both in image and transcribed format. Information can also be found at COCP (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.


Please visit the Parish of St. Minver OPC website for details about records. I hold fiche for St. Minver Parish registers from 1558 to 1900 for baptisms and burials and from 1558 to 1837 for marriages. For furter Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently and GenUKI. The C-PROP parish coverage page is here.


I have a wide selection of directory transcriptions on the Parish website (link to main directories page), but also have other information not yet included on the website. Please ask. For other information, see GenUKI or visit the University of Leicester's Historical Directories website.


Visit my Parish of St. Minver OPC website and GenUKI for more information regarding history, population, etc.

Apprenticeship Indentures:

  15 Aug 1794, Phillip DOCTON (Padstow) to Charles PHILLIPS  

Bastardy/Filiation Documents:

  10 Jan 1718, naming James BURT of St Minver 26 Nov 1833, naming Francis POLKINHORNE of this parish

Settlement Papers:

  15 Jun 1712?, Hennery JAMES & family (& St Breock) 16 Apr 1784, George HICKS (& Probus)
  22 Feb 1738, Sarah MATTCOTT  

Voters Lists:

Two Polling Districts, Highlands and Lowlands

  1. 1851/52
  2. 1853/54
  3. 1864/65


  16 Mar 1614, John HOOPER 19 May 1751, Richard MOYLE
  5 Aug 1668, Humphry/Humfry GUY 9 Jun 1751, James CANN
  23 Jun 1739, John KENT 22 Oct 1751, John LYNAM (dispute)
  5 Oct 1742, Otho TREBELL  

Legal and Other Documents:

  1. An Indenture, dated 25 January 1731, involving Anthony LOBB of St Minver, click here.
  2. For a letter from Thomas Kevill of Camborne to The Reverend Mr Sandys of St Minver, dated 5th February 1785, click here.
  3. A letter, dated 12 November 1802 and concerning the 'distress' of Michael GUMMOW and family, written by Edward COODE of St Austell.
  4. An agreement, dated 10 January 1805, for the rent of land by William MABLY from the Rev William SANDYS.
  5. An account of charitable giving, Christmas 1810, naming several Parish residents.
  6. An Indenture, dated 1820, between Thomas BULLER of this parish and William BULLER (and others) from St Endellion.
  7. An Indenture, dated 25 December 1837, also naming Thomas and William BULLER, plus William COCK.
  8. A more detailed Indenture, dated 26 December 1837, naming the people in 7.. above.
  9. A letter from A SANDYS to Mr ROWE, builder of Exeter, dated 25 October 1822. Those mentioned are Mrs DACRES, Mr SAUNDERS, Mr FLOUD and Mr C BAILEY.
  10. To view a document, dated 31 December 1873, concerning improvements to the Port of Padstow and naming some St Minver residents, click here.
  11. A land tax assessment for Deer Parks occupied by William RANDALL, dated 20 May 1880.


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


Endellion, St Kew, Egloshayle, St Breock and, across the river estuary, Padstow and St Issey.


Parochial and family history of the parish of St. Menefreda, alias St. Minfre, alias St. Minver in the county of Cornwall by John Maclean
Publisher W. Pollard, 1876.
Available from the internet as a scanned document in pdf format, contact St Minver OPC for details. Also available to purchase as a new paperback ISBN: 9781104361808, ISBN-10: 1104361809.

The Parish of St Minver, Its Bays and Byways Including Rock, Porthilly, Trebetherick, Polzeath and Port Quin by Jack Ingrey
Publisher Tabb House Press (24 May 1994) ISBN 10: 1873951078, ISBN 13: 9781873951071


  1. St Minver is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume III by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838. Also downloadable as a pdf from here.
  2. Phillimore's Marriages Vol IV transcripts including St Minver (transcribed and in our database)
  3. Parochial and Family History of the Parish of St Menefreda, alias St Minfre, alias St Minver, by Sir John Maclean, F.S.A, published in 1876