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
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:
- 1841. In the 1841 Census, Bolventor Village was enumerated as Boloventer under Altarnun - Enumeration District 3.
- 1851. The 1851 Census of Bolventor (HO107/1902), Enumeration
District 4a and 4c, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1861. The 1861 Census of Bolventor (RG9/1517), Enumeration
District 4, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census
- 1871. The 1871 Census of Bolventor, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project as follows:
- 1881. The 1881 Census of Bolventor (RG11/2274), Altarnun Enumeration
District 4, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census
- 1891. In 1891, the census of Bolventor was enumerated as part of Altarnun (RG12/1801) and (separately) St Neot (RG9/1811). These are available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project as follows:
- Anglican. The parish
church is located in OS Grid Square SX184768 and was dedicated to The Holy
Trinity; it was consecrated on 3rd July 1848. It was a structure of granite and stone in the Gothic style, comprising a chancel, nave and bell turret containing one bell. The registers date from 1848. The church building went out of use by the close of the 20th century.
- Non-Conformist. The Bible Christians also had a chapel here.
- LDS Church Records. The LDS Church batch
numbers for Bolventor are: P006421, M006421. These are searchable by surname.
- The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1849 - 1978, Burials 1850 -
1979, Marriages 1849 - 1977.
- Some church register
entries for Bolventor are available on-line.
- Baptisms. Baptisms 1848 to 1901 are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- Marriages. Marriages 1845 to 1901 are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- Burials. Burials 1850 to 1936 are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
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.
- ePodunk's Cornwall page - providing general, plus some historical and genealogical information, about Cornwall and its parishes, together with links (mainly relating to general sites and services, rather than ones that are specific to Cornwall or particular parishes).
- Some photographs
of Bolventor are available on-line.
- OPC Assistance. The On-line Parish Clerk (OPC) scheme operates a service to help family historians; the OPC page for this parish is available on-line, from where the OPC can be contacted by email.
- Mailing List. There is a mailing list for anyone with a genealogical and or historical interest in Bodmin Moor and its surrounding villages. Villages covered are: Advent (Tresinney), Alternun, Blisland, Bodmin, Boventor, Camelford (Lanteglos), Cardinham, Davidstow, Egloshayle, Helland, Laneast, Lanteglos by Camelford, Launceston, Lewannick, Liskeard, Michaelstow, North Hill, St Breward, St Breock, St Cleer, St Clether, St Mabyn, St Neot, St Tudy, Temple, Tresinney, Trewen, Wadebridge (Egloshayle & St Breock), and Warleggan. This list is in support of the OnLine Parish Clerk system. You can also subscribe to the ENG-CON-BODMINMOOR-L for the List version, or ENG-CON-BODMINMOOR-D (digest) for the Digest version.
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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