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The parish of Altarnun (Cornish: Alternonna) is in the Hundred of Lesneweth, in the deanery of Trigg-major and is eight miles west of Launceston. It is surrounded by the parishes of Trewin, Lewanick and Northill on the east, St Cleer and St Neot on the south, Blisland and St Breward (Simonward) on the west, and St Clether and Laneast on the north. The name means Altar [church altar] of St Nonna. The village is to the east of Bodmin Moor situated on a tributary of the River Inney, it is not mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Altarnun Parish is now in the North Cornwall district and part of it lies within Bodmin Moor. Part of the new parish of Bolventor is in the south-west of the older Altarnun parish.
The area is mainly moorland but there are areas of farmland to the East and animals graze the moorland areas. The river Lynher rises in this parish. The principal villages in this parish are the churchtown, more properly called Penpont, Tredaule, Five Lanes, Gunnon, Treveage, West Carne, Trethyn, Treween and Trewint. At Five Lanes, large cattle fairs were held; John Wesley preached at Trewint.

Cemeteries

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Census

Census information for this parish (1841 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members. The Cornwall Family History Society have also published on-line census detail by surname on the FamilyHistoryonLine site.

Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

The parish of Altarnun is in the Launceston Registration District and has been since 1st July 1837. There were originally sub-districts at Altarnun, Launceston, North Hill, North Petherwin and St Stephen-by-Launceston, but these are now all closed. Parishes within the district are: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, Northill, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Stephens by Launceston, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Thomas Street, South Petherwin, Stokeclimsland, Tremaine, Treneglos, Tresmeer, Trewen, Warbstow.

The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Hendra, Dunheved Road, Launceston, PL15 9JG. Tel: 01566 772464.

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Description & Travel

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Directories

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Genealogy

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Historical Geography

The Domesday Settlements of Cornwall, a study undertaken by the Cornwall Branch of the Historical Association, has identified and located settlements listed in the Exeter and Exchequer Domesday Survey of AD 1086. The following places have been identified in Altarnun ecclesiastical parish:

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Land & Property

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Maps

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Occupations

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Population

  • Population in 1801 - 679 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 784 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 885 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1069 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1334 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1382 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1389 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1200 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1150 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1078 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 911 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 879 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 847 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 823 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 700 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 680 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 718 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 815 persons (including 720 persons in Altarnun, Five Lanes & Trewint Villages)
  • Population in 1991 - 860 persons (including 770 persons in Altarnun, Five Lanes & Trewint Villages)
  • Population in 2001 - 976 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1084 persons

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Statistics

The parish comprises 15014 acres of land.

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Voting Registers

The following Voters' Lists for Altarnun are available, courtesy of the OPC:

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