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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.



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. 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:

Church History

Church Records

Civil Registration

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.

Description & Travel


OPC Assistance. The On-line Parish Clerk (OPC) scheme operates a service to help family historians; the OPC page for this parish is on-line, from where he/she can be contacted by email.



Information about the Carnon Valley Mines is available on-line.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Baldhu has always been in the Truro Registration District. Following its creation, Baldhu civil parish continued as part of the Truro Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


Baldhu parish was created in 1847 from parts of Kea and Kenwyn parishes.

  • Population in 1851 - 360 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 2070 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1796 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1350 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 994 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 827 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 757 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 681 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 670 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 792 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 620 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 450 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 370 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 335 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 000 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 000 persons


The parish comprises 000 acres of land.

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