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The parish of Otterham, (Cornish: Sen Tenia), is situated in the Deanery of Lesnewth and Hundred of Trigg Major. It is bounded on the north by St Gennys, on the east by Warbstow, on the south by Davidstow, and on the west by St Juliot. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Otrham. The parish is named after the River Otter on which it is situated. It lies 6 miles north-east of Camelford. It consists of open farmland with small hamlets and farms spread fairly evenly across the parish. There is a disused railway line in the South of the parish and a small hamlet has grown up at Otterham Station. Its main industry is farming.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 158 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 Otterham 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.

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 Otterham ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Otterham (1823- 1833) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 141 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 176 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 212 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 227 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 234 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 198 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 160 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 156 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 163 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 154 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 171 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 209 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 197 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 199 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 216 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 206 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 203 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 215 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 206 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 228 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 234 persons


The parish comprised 3295 acres of land.

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