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The parish of Crowan (Cornish: Egloskrowenn) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Penwith. It is bounded on the north by Camborne, on the west by Wendron, on the south by Sithney and Breage, and on the west by St Erth and Gwinear. The parish is named after its patron, St Carwenna.

The manor of Clowance was in this parish. The house was the main residence of the St Aubyn family; it is now a county club and holiday establishment. In the past, like neighbouring Camborne, the parish was the home to much mining activity.

The chief villages besides the Churchtown, are Leedstown, Praze-an-Beeble, Nancegollan, Townshend, Cargenwen, Drym, Trethannas, Trevoole and Releath.


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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:

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

The parish of Crowan was originally in the Helston Registration District; there were sub-districts at Breage, Crowan, Helston, St Keverne and Wendron. It is now in the Kerrier Registration District. Parishes in this registration district are: Breage, Crowan, Cury, Germoe, Gunwalloe, Grade, Helston, Landewednack, Manaccan, Mawgan in Meneage, Mullion, Ruan Major, Ruan Minor, St. Anthony in Meneage, St. Keverne, St. Martin in Meneage, Sithney, Wendron.

The address of the Registration Office is: The Willows, Church Street, Helston, TR13 8NJ.
Tel: 01326 562848.

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Description & Travel

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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.

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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 Crowan ecclesiastical parish:

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Land & Property

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Apprenticeship Indentures for Crowan (1832) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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  • Population in 1801 - 2587 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 3021 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 3873 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 4332 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 4638 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 3984 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 4131 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 3464 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 2603 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 2468 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 2243 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 2066 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1893 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1838 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1735 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1714 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1753 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1950 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 2185 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 2375 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 2454 persons

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Probate Records

Wills & Admons for Crowan parish, 1660-1857 are available on-line.

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The parish comprises 7478 acres of land and 18 acres of water.

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