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Chacewater (Chasewater), (Cornish: Penn an Chas) is in the Deanery of Powder. The parish was created in 1828 from part of Kea parish. The parish is named after the 'English Chase' or hunting ground near to a stream, or other water, feature. Chacewater comes into history as the hunting-ground of the early kings of Cornwall. In Eilhart of Oberg's twelfth-century version of the Tristan legend we are told of King Mark seeking Tristan and his love, Isuelt, in the king's forest and finding them asleep in a leafy bower in Blancheland - the manor in which Chacewater lies. But Tristan's sword lay unsheathed between them, proving that they were guiltless.

James Watt (1736-1819) used to stay at Chacewater during the erection of his famous engine at the Chacewater mine, since known as Wheal Busy. The populous village of Chacewater owed its existence in the early 19th century solely to the surrounding mines. On Creegbrawse Downs is a valuable quarry of an elvan, similar in colour to the famed Pentewan stone.

Chacewater was long distinguished by possessing one of the largest and ugliest churches in Cornwall.

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)


An illustrated History of Chacewater, entitled "Chacewater - A Story of a Cornish Mining Village" has been written by The Chacewater Projects, and is available from them at: Ronda, The Terrace, Chacewater, Truro, Cornwall TR4 8LT. Email:


The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line Monumental Inscriptions for:


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 Chacewater has been in the Truro Registration District continuously from 1st July 1837. There were sub-districts at Kea, Kenwyn, Probus, St. Agnes, St. Clement and St Just-in-Roseland, but these have now been abolished. Parishes in this registration district are: Cornelly, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Lamorran, Merther, Perranzabuloe, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St. Agnes, St. Allen, St. Anthony in Roseland, St. Clement, St. Erme, St. Feock, St. Just in Roseland, St. Michael Penkevil, Tregavethan, Tregony St. James, Truro St. Mary, Veryan.

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


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Chacewater parish was part of the Truro Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


The parish of Chacewater was created in 1828 from part of Kea parish; before that date population figures were included under Kea. In 1831 and 1841, the population was counted as part of Kenwyn.

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)
  • Population in 1831 - counted as part of Kenwyn
  • Population in 1841 - counted as part of Kenwyn
  • Population in 1851 - 4267 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 4629 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 3648 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 3558 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 2053 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1805 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1410 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1298 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1338 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1231 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1270 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1325 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1510 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1479 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1517 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1580 persons


The Chacewater Old Cornwall Society News Page is on-line.


The parish comprises 2382 acres of land.

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