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The parish of Poughill, (Cornish: Fentenvoekka), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Major and Hundred of Stratton. It is bounded on the north by Kilkhampton, on the east by Launcells and Stratton, on the south by Stratton, and on the west by Bude Bay. The name is pronounced 'Poffle', and the origin is uncertain.

This rural village is about one mile inland north of Bude. It is named from the Manor which is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Pochehelle, Pondestock, or Podestoc. The water-mill, which still stands, was believed to have been the manorial mill for Trevalgas Manor, which lies at the foot of Trevalgus Hill in thick woodland.

The chief villages are the Churchtown, Tregolls, and Treskinnick.

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 - 504 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 Poughill 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 Stratton ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Poughill (1732 - 1826) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


Part of the civil parish was added to Bude-Stratton in 1934. In 2001, Poughill was enumerated with Stratton.

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)
  • Population in 1801 - 297 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 355 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 378 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 300 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 472 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 404 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 363 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 421 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 399 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 338 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 344 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 293 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 384 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 413 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 404 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 374 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 416 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 660 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 740 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 4675 persons (Stratton and Poughill)
  • Population in 2011 - 0000 persons


The parish comprised 1929 acres of land in 1841.

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