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The parish of


Padstow  Padstow 
Padstow, ©2004, Charles Winpenny
Padstow, ©2000, Charles Winpenny
Top photograph: Padstow 2009, © Malcolm McCarthy

The parish of Padstow is located on the west bank of the River Camel approximately 12 miles northeast of Newquay and includes the stretch of coastline from Stepper Point west to Harlyn Bay. Now a popular tourist destination, the town of Padstow has long been economically significant as a fishing port, lying in a sheltered position about 2 miles inland from the open sea, and having the largest harbour on the north coast of Cornwall, although the presence of the Doom Bar, a dangerous sand bar at the approach to the harbour, has made it a notorious area for shipwrecks. The town is well known for its "Obby ‘Oss" (Hobby Horse) festival which starts on May Eve and may have had its origins in the Celtic festival of Beltane.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Padstow is Jennifer Maxwell, who can be contacted at .

Jennifer maintains a website for the parish here.

For information about, and contact details for, the current town council please see this website.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.



Information can 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.


For further Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP), GenUKI (link above) and the LDS website, Library section. The C-PROP parish coverage page is here.


Extracts from the following are available-

  1830, Pigot's Kelly's Directory 1893
  Slater's Directory, 1852-3, description  

For further information, see GenUKI.


1. Voters Lists:

  1. 1851/52
  2. 1852/53
  3. 1856/57
  4. 1864/65

2. Apprenticeship Indentures:

19 Feb 1725, James HARRIS to Clement MORRISH 7 Aug 1827, Jane ALLINGTON to William HAWKE
  15 Aug 1794, Phillip DOCTON to Charles PHILLIPS of Minver 7 Aug 1827, Richard BRENTON to Anna Maria HILLYAR
  16 May 1826, Eliza HARRIS to Matthew COUTENAY 17 Mar 1829, John TRESCOWTHICK to James MARTYN
  16 May 1826, Mary HARRIS to Thomas Rowe BREWER 6 Jul 1830, Charlotte LAHEY to Charles PRIDEAUX BRUNE, Rev.
  3 Oct 1826, Jane ALFORD to Henry MITCHELL 6 Jul 1830, John WATERS to Sampson TALLACK
  3 Oct 1826, Michael FIELDING to John RAWE 30 Mar 1838, James GRIGG to Robert GRIGG
  14 Nov 1826, Samuel ELLERY to Thomas TREMAINE  

2. Bastardy Bonds, Filiation Orders etc: many also name local J.P.s, Churchwardens and / or Overseers of the Poor.

3. Settlement Papers:

  4 Sep 1817, William VIVIAN (& St Breock) 12 Feb 1840, Mary VEALE (& St Breock)
  10 May 1833, Samuel & Joan BREWER (& St Columb Major) 21 Dec 1847, Mary HAWKE (& St Breock)

4. Wills:

  10 Mar 1580, John SWIMNER 22 Sep 1804, Martin WITHELL
  15 Jul 1587, John SWIMER (non-cupative) 29 Apr 1807, Charles PETER
  15 Apr 1592, Jane VIELL 4 Jan 1813, Richard NANCE
  15 Dec 1598, John JUELL (non-cupative) 4 Aug 1827, Betty Blake PETER
  24 Jul 1654, Hugh LEVERTON 24 May 1836, Vernon COLLINS
  8 Jul 1657, Thomas MARTIN/MARTYN 12 Feb 1839, Martyn RICHARDS
  4 Dec 1748, William BILLING 29 Oct 1842, Lydia ROSE
  25 Jul 1751, James SALTER 24 Sep 1846 and probate for estate of James HARRIS
  18 Mar 1755, John SPEARE 13 Aug 1847, John OKE
  4 Dec 1761, Francis PETER 7 Jul 1749, John TOM
  25 Feb 1776, John BLAKE 21 Dec 1850, Samuel WITHELL
  9 Apr 1789, Joan BLAKE 6 Dec 1913, Albert REYNOLDS
  14 Jun 1791, Dr. Thomas PETER  

5. Accounts, Invoices etc:

  • Two bills/invoices regarding gas supplies, dated 24 May 1869 and 9 Mar 1870.
  • An account for KESTELL of Trethillick, dated 23 Mar 1895.
  • An Account Book for New Street Dairy, dates from 1892-98. The dairyman was Richard ROLLING and he appears to have doubled as the local jeweller, clock and watch repairer.

6. Indentures:

  1. dated 12 November 1519 and mentioning John KESTELL, Jacob KESTELL, Henry JEFFREY, John VYELL, Thomas HYKKS, Thomas LOURE(?, John RONALD, John CAWBSDLE, Jacob DIER, Richard WHYTE and Richard BAWDYN.
  2. dated 27 Dec 1813 and naming Elizabeth PETER of Padstow.
  3. dated 28 Dec 1813, similar to (b).
  4. A document concerning right to property, dated 1827-8. Names mentioned include William and Catherine HAMBLY.

7. Miscellaneous Documents:

  • A list of deaths from cholera in 1832.
  • A poster, dated 22 Apr  1837, regarding May Day 'celebrations'. Contains the names of several inhabitants of the town.
  • Correspondence regarding the estate of the late Mrs Eliz. PETER, dated 29 Aug 1840.
  • Two documents referring to the employment of Henry MAY, born Padstow c. 1869
  • A letter to the Rev. NUGENT, dated 19 May 1900, concerning a donation by Queen Victoria to the Padstow Lifeboat Disaster fund.

The website for Padstow Town Council can be accessed here.

For information regarding History, Population, and much more, 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 Padstow at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


St Issey, Little Petherick, St Merryn and (across the river estuary) St Minver.


Padstow - Pocket Images by Malcolm McCarthy. ISBN: 9781845881672.


  1. Padstow 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. 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 VI transcripts including Padstow (transcribed and in our database)