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St Columb Minor

The parish of St Columb Minor, (Cornish: Sen Kolomm Vyghan), is in the Deanery and Hundred of Pydar. It is bounded on the north by Mawgan-in-Pydar, on the east by St Columb Major and Colan, on the south by Newlyn East, and on the west by the Bristol Channel. A whole area of North Cornwall bears the name of St Columb; it is divided between the parishes of St Columb Major and St Columb Minor. Until relatively recently these were known as Higher and Lower St Columb. These parishes are both named after their patron, Saint Columba. Another old name used for St Columb Minor was Nether St Columb.

In 1960, the civil parish of St Columb was subsumed by Newquay of which St Columb Minor is now a suburb. Villages in this parish were: Trencreek, Chapel, Porth, Lane, Shop, Trenance and the Churchtown.

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)


"St Columb Minor - Memories and Parish History" has been published by the St Columb Minor Parish Map Project Committee, 2000. It is available from Quintdown Press, Trevena House, 11 Trevena Terrace, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1LJ.



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 Columb Minor was originally in the St Columb Registration District. There were sub-districts at Newlyn, Padstow and St Columb Major, but these have now been abolished. It is now in the Registration District of St Austell. Parishes within the old St Columb district were: Colan, Crantock, Cubert, Little Petherick, Mawgan-in-Pydar, Newlyn, Newquay, Padstow, St. Breock, St. Columb Major, St. Columb Minor, St. Enoder, St. Ervan, St. Eval, St. Issey, St. Merryn, St. Wenn.

The Superintendant Registrar of St Austell can be contacted at: 12 Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4LD. Tel: 01726 68974. Fax: 01726 68974.

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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 Columb Minor ecclesiastical parish:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 999 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1126 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1297 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1406 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1681 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 2250 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 2025 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 2305 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 2744 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1165 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1268 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1290 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1361 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1728 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 3586 persons

From 1960, the population figures were included in those for the civil parish of Newquay.


The parish comprises 5779 acres of land.

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