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The parish of Cornelly (Cornish: Gorgoes) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north by Probus, on the east by Cuby, Tregony St James, Veryan and Ruan Lanihorne, on the south by Lamorran creek, and on the west by Lamorran. The parish is thought to be named after its patron: St Cornelly, or possibly taken from an unknown local word. This is a sparsley-populated parish which, for civil purposes, was absorbed by Tregony in 1934.

There is no village of Cornelly and the little church of St Cornelius is tucked away down a lane off a by-road between Probus and Tregony. Cornelly has within it the hamlets of Penvose, Trelasker, Trewarthenick, Killiow, Freewater, Grogarth and is bounded on the east by the river Fal.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 118 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 Cornelly is in the Truro Registration District and has been since 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 Registration Office is: Dalvenie House, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.
Tel: 01872 322241.

Description & Travel


OPC Assistance.

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 Cornelly ecclesiastical parish:


Names, Personal

Family names of Probus and Cornelly families which appear most frequently in the OPC's database are listed.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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


The parish became part of the parish of Cuby-with-Tregony for civil purposes in 1934. From this date population figures are included with that parish.

  • Population in 1801 - 137 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 151 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 168 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 170 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 119 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 102 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 99 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 92 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 93 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 84 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 71 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 79 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 55 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 77 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 Cornelly are available on-line.


The parish comprised 1361 acres of land and 7 acres of water.

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