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St Allen

The parish, (Cornish: Eglosalan), is named after Saint Allen. St Allen Parish was in the western division of the Hundred of Powder, in the Deanery of Powder, and is surrounded by St Erme, St Clements, Kenwyn, Perranzabuloe and Newlyn East; it is now in the Carrick district and is situated to the north of Truro. The village comprises one or two houses only. It is not mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.
The parish is mainly farmland with some areas of woodland and former mine workings to the North. There are a number of small hamlets and farmsteads dotted around the parish.

The principal settlement in the parish is at Zelah. This village seems to have been once longer (in area) than it is now. At the beginning of the twentieth century, it had a school, Wesleyan and United Methodist Chapels and a Mission Church built in 1883. This church, because of the remoteness of St Allen, was used for evening services, especially in winter, and for weekday events such as classes of all kinds, missionary and other lectures.
The main road - later the busy A30 - passed through Zelah until 1992, but the creation of a by-pass was too late to save the remaining Methodist Chapel and the shop. The school had long since closed, and the mission church had been disused for some years.

Further information on St Allen is available.



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 St Allen 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.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

St Allen parish was part of the Truro Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


In 1745, there were 42 families and no dissenters in St Allen. (Report by Rev. Richard Buckland, Vicar).

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 - 360 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 418 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 471 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 637 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 652 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 790 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 687 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 774 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 584 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 468 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 453 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 400 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 417 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 425 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 343 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 347 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 299 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 355 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 380 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 435 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 495 persons



The parish comprises 3506 acres of land.

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