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Blisland, (Cornish: Blyslann), is situated in the Hundred of Trigg, and in the Deanery of Trigg-Minor; It is surrounded by St Breward (Simonward) on the north, Altarnun, St Neot and Temple on the east, Cardinham and Helland on the south, and St Mabyn on the west. The parish is named after an unknown personal name plus 'tun' which means land. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Glustone, here the B has changed to a G.
The village lies on the edge of Bodmin Moor about 3 miles North East of the town of Bodmin. It is a hilly area with numerous isolated farms and small unfenced moorland roads. It is primarily farmland and cattle and sheep are grazed on the moorland. Waterloo is a hamlet here.
In 1934, the parish of Temple was incorporated into Blisland parish.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 777 entries

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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 Blisland is in the Bodmin Registration District and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts are Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn, but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Blisland, Bodmin, Bodmin Borough, Cardinham, Egloshayle, Endellion, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanviet, Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, Luxulion, St. Kew, St. Mabyn, St. Minver Highlands, St. Minver Lowlands, St. Tudy, St. Winnow, Temple, Wadebridge, Warleggon, Withiel.

The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.

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Description & Travel

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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 Blisland ecclesiastical parish:

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Land & Property

Family Deeds. The Family Deeds Project provides a large amount of FREE online information to help you with your family history using information contained in our collection of old deeds and documents. These documents can contain a wealth of information for family historians and so the Family Deeds project was created with the aim of trying to preserve some of that information and make it easily available to all. The deeds relating to Blisland are on-line.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Blisland parish was part of the Bodmin Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief. Settlement Papers (1833) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.

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The parish of Temple was incorporated into the parish of Blisland in 1934.

  • Population in 1801 - 437 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 487 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 637 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 644 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 688 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 606 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 553 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 611 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 569 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 510 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 489 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 539 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 489 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 536 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 577 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 529 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 446 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 490 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 600 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 565 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 666 persons

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Religion & Religious Life

In the May of 1641 it was agreed and ordered that every Member of the House of Commons and House of Lords should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty) to the crown. The Protestation was printed and then distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The Protestation Returns of 1642 for Blisland are available on-line.

The incumbents of the parish of Blisland are listed on-line.

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The parish comprises 6421 acres of land and 24 acres of water.

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