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St Clement

St Clement, (Cornish: Morhesk), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north by St Allen and St Erme, on the east by Probus, the detached portion of St Erme, and Tresillian Creek, which separates it from Merther and St Michael Penkivel, south by the Truro river which separates it from Kea and a part of Kenwyn, and on the West by the City of Truro (St Mary's parish), and part of Kenwyn. The parish is named after its patron, Saint Clement.

Under the provisions of the Local Government Act of 1984, the parish was divided into St Clement Urban and St Clement Rural; the Urban segment was incorporated into the City of Truro. Today, St Clement is little more than a suburb of that City.

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)



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 Clement 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 Superintendant Registrar 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.

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 St Buryan ecclesiastical parish:

Land & Property



Apprenticeship Indentures for St Clement (1778 - 1864) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


In 1895, the parish of St Clement was divided into St Clement Urban and St Clement Rural; the Urban segment was incorporated into the City of Truro.

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 - 1342 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1692 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 2306 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 2885 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 3436 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 3465 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 3731 persons, plus 44 persons on shipping
  • Population in 1871 - 3575 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 3481 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 3983 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 4109 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 814 persons (Rural) (Includes inmates of the Workhouse)
  • Population in 1921 - 673 persons (Rural)
  • Population in 1931 - 758 persons (Rural)
  • Population in 1951 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1000 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1165 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1089 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1116 persons


The parish comprises 3306 acres of land, 27 acres of tidal water and 111 acres of foreshore.

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