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St Clether, (Cornish: Sen Kleder), is situated in the Hundred of Lesnewth, and the Deanery of Trigg Major. It is bounded on the north by Davidstow and Treneglos, on the east by Laneast, on the south by Altarnun, and on the west by St Breward and Advent. The parish is named after its patron, Saint Clederus.

St Clether is a small village beside the River Inney with the parish Church standing some distance away. A little way on from the church following the river stands what is considered Cornwall's most beautifully situated Holy Well. There are over two hundred Holy Wells in Cornwall, however few can compere with the beauty and tranquillity of the well and chapel at St Clether. Tucked away in complete isolation and only reachable by a footpath across a moorland meadow, the small chapel stands between the river and an outcrop of limestone rocks. The spring bubbles up behind the chapel and then the water flows under the altar and leaves the building to join the river below. Possibly originally built in the 5th Century by St Clederus himself, the well was rebuilt in the 15th Century and restored in 1895.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 202 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 St Clether is now in the Bodmin Registration District; there were sub-districts at Boscastle and Camelford but these are now abolished. 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.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

St Clether parish was part of the Camelford Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 134 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 165 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 175 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 171 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 221 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 280 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 229 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 240 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 215 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 197 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 161 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 172 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 165 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 131 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 134 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 129 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 127 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 170 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 154 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 149 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 143 persons


The parish comprises 2961 acres of land and 5 acres of water.

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