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The parish of Bolventor (Bolven Tor) (Cornish: Bedhasbold) was created on 24th June 1848 from parts of Altarnun, St Neot and Cardinham parishes. The parish is named after the 'Bold Venture', which was to establish farmland on Bodmin Moor. It a small hamlet really on the main road, giving best views of the moor, including Brown Willy and Rough Tor, the main tors. It is also famous for the pub, Jamaica Inn as immortalised in the book of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. The area is bleak but there is suprisingly quite a lot to visit nearby.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 398 entries.


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:

Church History

Church Records

Civil Registration

The parish of Bolventor is in the Launceston Registration District and has been since it was formed in 1849. There were originally sub-districts at Altarnun, Launceston, North Hill, North Petherwin and St Stephen-by-Launceston, but these are now all closed.

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

Description & Travel



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Altarnum parish was part of the Launceston Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


The parish of Bolventor was created in 1849 from parts of Altarnun, St Neot and Cardinham parishes.

  • Population in 1851 - 166 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 344 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 332 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 293 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 304 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 302 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 327 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 270 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 259 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 264 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 95 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 90 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 000 persons


The parish comprises 6360 acres of land.

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