Tideford, (Cornish: Rystydi), is in the Deanery and Hundred of East. It is situated on the A38 between Saltash and Liskeard. The origin of name is taken from 'Ford over the River Tiddy', indicating an early river crossing. The name is pronounced 'Tiddy-ford'.
The parish was created from part of St Germans parish in 1852.
Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)
Monumental inscriptions for this parish have not yet been recorded.
Census information for this parish (1861 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members.
Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:
In the 1841 Census, Tideford was enumerated as part of St Germans.
The 1841 census for St Germans parish has also been filmed by the LDS church - film No. 241259.
The New Zealand Society of Genealogists have compiled separate surname indexes of the 1851 Census for each Cornish registration district; St Germans is listed in Volume 9. The booklets are available in Cornwall at the Cornwall Centre, (formerly known as the Cornish Studies Library), and is also available in the Cornwall FHS Library.
Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SX3459 and was dedicated to St Luke. The building was originally erected as a chapel-of-ease in St Germans parish. It is a small plain structure constructed of stone, in the early English style, and was consecrated on 31st July 1845. It consists of a chancel, nave and gable-cote containing two bells; it is fitted with oak seats and contains a pulpit. The registers date from 1845.
Tideford is now part of the united parishes of St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry and Tideford.
Non-Conformist. The Wesleyan Methodists and Reformed Methodists had chapels here; the former was built in 1838.
Quakers. There was a chapel belonging to the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Tideford with a cemetery attached.
The parish of Tideford is in the St Germans Registration District, and has been since its creation; there were sub-districts at Antony, St Germans and Saltash but they have now been abolished. The Superintendant Registrar of St Germans can be contacted at: Ploughastel Drive, St Germans, Cornwall. Tel: 01752 842624.