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Budock (Cornish: Plywvudhek)is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kirrier (Kerrier). It is now more commonly called Budock Water. In 1869, it was bounded on the north by St Gluvias and Falmouth, on the east by the sea, on the south by Mawnan and Constantine, and on the west by Mabe. The parish is named after Saint Budocus; the name is also found in the area of Plymouth known as St Budeaux. Before the conquest the whole of the parish of Budock lay within the manor belonging to the Bishops of Exeter called Treliver. The modern name of the village is Budock Water.

Glasney was originally in this parish, and was a moor or march at the bottom of the episcopal park at Penryn. Here Walter Bronescombe, Bishop of Exeter, in 1264, commenced and on March 26th 1267, endowed a college for thirteen canons, one of whom was to be styled provost, or president, and for thirteen vicars. In 1318 a misunderstanding between to Provost and canons as impropriators of St Gluvias, and the vicar of that church over the division of tithes was resolved by the Bishop of Exeter.

The peninsular upon which Pendennis Castle stands was a detached portion of Budock. Part of Budock formed the new borough of Falmouth and Penryn.

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)


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for Quaker Burials - 185 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 Budock is in the Falmouth Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Constantine, Falmouth, Mylor and Penryn. Parishes within the district are: Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St. Gluvias. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Berkely House, 12-14 Berkeley Vale, Falmouth, TR11 3PH. Tel: 01326 312606.

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 available on-line, from where the OPC can be contacted by email.



Apprenticeship Indentures for Budock (1791 - 1836) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 779 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1514 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1634 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1797 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1979 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 2069 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 2251 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 2578 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1443 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1285 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1288 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1086 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1684 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 2728 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 914 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1029 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1051 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1135 persons(including 990 persons in Budock Water village.)
  • Population in 1991 - 1325 persons (including 1195 in Budock Water village)
  • Population in 2001 - 1399 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1537 persons

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 Budock are available on-line.


The parish comprises 3589 acres of land, 13 acres of tidal water and 67 acres of foreshore.

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