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Jacobstow (Cornish: Pennalyn) is situated in the Deanery of Trigg-Major and in the Hundred of Stratton. It is bounded on the north by Poundstock, on the east by Week St Mary and the detached part of Warbstow, on the south by Warbstow, and on the west by St Gennys. There was an isolated portion of the parish which was bounded by Week St Mary, the detached part of Warbstow, and North Petherwin. This parish is located in the north-east of Cornwall on the Bude to Boscastle road. The name has Saxon origins, meaning the 'holy place of St James' (Jacobus being the latin for James).

The area is unspoilt and mainly devoted to agriculture. Besides the Churchtown, the chief village is Southcott.

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)


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 276 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 Jacobstow is in the Stratton Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Kilhampton, Stratton and Week St Mary but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Jacobstow, Kilkhampton, Launcells, Marhamchurch, Morwenstow, Poughill, Poundstock, St. Gennys, Stratton, Stratton and Bude, Week St. Mary, Whitstone. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: The Parkhouse Centre, Ergue Gaberic Way, Bude, EX23 8LF. Tel: 01288 353209.

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.

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 Jacobstow ecclesiastical parish:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Jacobstow parish was part of the Stratton Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief. Overseers' Accounts (1834 to 1837) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.


  • Population in 1801 - 432 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 489 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 571 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 638 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 585 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 487 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 462 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 446 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 428 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 375 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 369 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 372 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 312 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 327 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 336 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 321 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 306 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 305 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 403 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 421 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 494 persons


The parish comprises 4467 acres of land and 4 acres of water.

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