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The parish of Ladock (Cornish: Egloslask) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north by Newlyn East and St Enoder, on the east by St Stephen-in-Brannel and Probus, on the south by Probus, and on the west by St Erme. The village of Ladock is named after patron saint of the parish church, St Ladoca, and although there are many legendary tales about her, nothing is definitely known. The parish is in the centre of Cornwall on the A390 (although, now in the 21st century, on the B3275) about five miles north-east of Truro, and until 1840 was on the old toll road from Truro to Bodmin. This parish is situated entirely on slate rocks. Most of the valleys have been streamed for tin; in 1802 the largest gold nugget found in Cornwall was discovered in the River Ladock and is now in Truro Museum.

Villages in the parish are: Bedock (or Bissick) and Hill Coos.

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 - 409 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 Ladock has been in the Truro Registration District continuously from 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. 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.



Apprenticeship Indentures for Ladock (1756 - 1823) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 542 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 651 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 806 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 761 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 857 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 811 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 742 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 935 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 937 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 982 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1041 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 977 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 928 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 930 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 908 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 819 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 830 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 970 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1349 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1522 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1576 persons


The St. Ladoca Old Cornwall Society News Page is on-line.


The parish comprises 5936 acres of land.

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