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The parish of Forrabury (Cornish: Krugmeur) is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Minor and in the Hundred of Lesnewth. It is bounded on the north by the sea and St Juliot, on the east by Minster, and on the south and west by Trevalga. Forrabury is a very small parish (508 acres) and extends only one and a half miles inland. The western boundary runs from the coast at Grower Gut southwards just taking Welltown Manor. On the east side, the boundary between Forrabury and Minster follows the course of the western branch of the river Jordan, northwards to the coast past Paradise. The Jordan joins the River Valency in Boscastle before flowing out to sea.

This parish is on the north Cornish coast between the parishes of Trevalga and St Juliot. However, Forrabury parish become united with Minster by Act of Parliament in 1779. The parish contains the picturesque village and harbour of Boscastle which lie sheltered by the surrounding hills. The lower part of the village and harbour was badly damaged by severe flooding which occurred in August 2004.

The name 'Boscastle' is derived from Boterel's Castle, which has long since disappeared and is now marked by an empty mound. In the past the port handled a variety of cargoes, such as Lime, coals, and general merchandise, but is not used much today.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 698 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

Although originally in the Camelford Registration District, the parish of Forrabury is now in the Bodmin Registration District; there were sub-districts at Boscastle and Camelford. Parishes within the Camelford district were: Advent, Davidstow, Forrabury, Lanteglos, Lesnewth, Michaelstow, Minster, Otterham, St. Breward, St. Clether, St. Juliot, St. Teath, Tintagel, Trevalga.

The Superintendant Registrar of Bodmin can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.

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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.


Minster parish became united with Forrabury in 1779 and Minster's population are therefore included.

  • Population in 1801 - 140 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 212 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 223 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 358 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 354 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 375 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 366 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 360 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 304 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 310 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 329 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 313 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 775 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 692 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 684 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 658 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 691 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 755 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 829 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 888 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 838 persons (Forrabury and Minster)


The parish comprises 539 acres of land.

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