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The parish of Helland (Cornish: Hellann)is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Minor, and in the Hundred of Trigg. It is bounded on the north by St Mabyn and Blisland, on the east by Blisland and Cardinham, on the south by Bodmin, and on the west by Egloshayle and St Mabyn from which parishes it is separated by the river Camel. Helland is a small village, about three miles north of Bodmin with the village of Helland-Bridge spanning the upper reaches of the River Camel. The origin of the name is "ancient church site of Helen" or "Helen's Land". In the Domeday Survey of 1086, it is taxed by the name of Henland.

Besides the Churchtown, the villages are Helland-Bridge and Bodwen.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 343 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 Helland is in the Bodmin Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts are Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Blisland, Bodmin, Bodmin Borough, Cardinham, Egloshayle, Endellion, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanviet, Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, Luxulion, St. Kew, St. Mabyn, St. Minver Highlands, St. Minver Lowlands, St. Tudy, St. Winnow, Temple, Wadebridge, Warleggon, Withiel.

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

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 221 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 223 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 264 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 285 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 300 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 252 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 226 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 227 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 195 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 199 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 202 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 209 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 187 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 276 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 245 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 234 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 202 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 210 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 175 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 205 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 173 persons


The parish comprises 2483 acres of land.

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