The parish of Baldhu (Cornish: Baldhu) is situated in the Deanery of Powder. It is named after the Cornish for Black Mine. It was formed on 1st January 1847 from parts of Kea and Kenwyn parishes. The old parish Church site is the burial place of Billy Bray, the revivalist preacher. His grave lies buried on the south side of the Victorian Gothic building.
The village was once a mining community situated above the Carnon Valley to the West of Truro; all of the mining in the area has now ceased but there is much evidence of its past. The mine at Wheal Jane was the most recent one to close in the late 20th century. The area has many buildings once occupied by these local miners.
A little to the south of the Truro to Chacewater road, in the old parish of St. Kea, the former Anglican church has now been converted into two domestic properties. The place was once a church building dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels, which had provided spiritual facilities for the people in the locality of Bissoe.
In 1984 the Anglican ecclesiastical parish of Baldhu was united with All Saints, Highertown, Truro. The former Baldhu parish only contains the hamlet of Bissoe.
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)
Census information for this parish (1851 - 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:
1841. In the 1841 Census, Baldhu was enumerated under Kea and Kenwyn parishes.
1851. In the 1851 Census, Baldhu was enumerated under Kea and Kenwyn parishes. The census (HO107/1910) is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project as follows:
Anglican. This ecclesiastical parish was formed on 1st January 1847 from the parishes of Kenwyn and Kea. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SW773432 and was dedicated to St Michael and All Angels.
The church was built in 1848 by the Earl of Falmouth, at a cost (including the school adjoining) of over £3,000; it is built of stone in the decorated style, and consists of chancel, nave, south aisle and a tower with spire on the north side, contained 6 bells, the gift of Anne, late Countess of Falmouth; the east window was stained. The church once contained a copy of King Charles the First's letter to the people of Cornwall thanking them for the loyal services to the Crown, written from the camp at Sudeley Castle, on September 10th 1643. The register here, which is now in the Cornwall Record Office, dates from the year 1848.
The old church building stands a little to the south of the Truro to Chacewater road in an isolated spot. The building is reached by a narrow road; it has now been converted to two domestic properties. The church building had experienced a major restoration during the 1960s. Billy Bray, the evanglelist, lies buried on the south side of the Victorian Gothic building.
The ecclesiastical parish is no longer independent; in 1984 it was united with All Saints, Highertown, Truro.
Non-Conformist. The Bible Christians and Wesleyan Methodists had chapels here. There were two Wesleyan Chapels at Baldhu and Hugus, and the United Methodists had chapels at Bethel and Kerley Downs.
The parish of Baldhu became part of the Truro Registration District on its creation. There were originally sub-districts at Kea, Kenwyn, Probus, St. Agnes, St. Clement and St Just-in-Roseland, but these have now been abolished.
The address of the Truro Superintendant Registrar is: Dalvenie House, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.
Tel: 01872 322241.