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The parish of St Ervan, (Cornish: Sen Erven), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Pydar. It is bounded on the north by St Merryn and Padstow, on the east by St Petroc Minor (now known as Little Petherick) and St Columb Major, on the south by Mawgan in Pydar, and on the west by St Eval. The parish of St Ervan is located near the north coast of Cornwall, about three miles south-west of Padstow. The church, which is dedicated to an early Celtic saint, nestles on the side of a hill, the lane beyond plunging deeply down to end at a ford beside Millingworth Mill. When the mill was in use, St Ervan had an annual fair on 10th October; it ceased operating around 1850.

Besides the Churchtown, the villages in the parish are: Rumford and Penrose. The parish also contains the following farms: Trembleathe Barton, Trevengenow, Trewinnick, Treravel, Trenouth, Bogee, Treleigh, Pentruse, Trethewey, Eddystone and Treburrick.


Moira Tangye has published a new book on the Parish called The Book of St Ervan - The Story of a Rural Parish (ISBN - 1 84114 494 0). The book covers the history of the parish from the point of view of the families who have lived there and it contains hundreds of photographs too.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for:


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 Ervan was originally in the St Columb Registration District. It is now in the Bodmin Registration District. 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 Bodmin can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.

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Apprenticeship Indentures for St Ervan (1805) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 358 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 331 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 422 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 453 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 476 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 447 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 437 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 449 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 291 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 337 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 274 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 265 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 280 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 303 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 322 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 298 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 395 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 375 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 476 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 408 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 521 persons


The parish comprises 3142 acres of land.

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