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St Eval, (Cornish: Sen Urval), alias Teverall, alias Voell, is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Pydar. It is bounded on the north by St Merryn, on the east by St Ervan, on the south by Mawgan-in-Pydar, and on the west by the sea. The parish of St Eval is rural in nature. Penrose is a village in the parish which is recorded as far back as the 13th century. Trethewel Mill was part of an ancient manor of that name. The Manor House, which dates back to 14th century, is situated nearby.

During the War of 1939 - 1945, St Eval was an important RAF Coastal Command airfield and this has left its mark in the military style of buildings, housing and memorials in the parish Church. RAF families from St Mawgan were resident in the accommodation at St Eval, and this accounts for the immediate post-war population surge. A much earlier defensive system is Trevisker Round dating from prehistoric times.

The villages are the Churchtown, Treburthick (now Treburrick) and Downhill.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 551 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

The parish of St Eval 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 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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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 Eval ecclesiastical parish:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

St Eval parish was part of the St Columb Major Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 288 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 309 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 323 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 354 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 349 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 326 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 295 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 282 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 265 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 245 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 225 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 205 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 214 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 238 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1384 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1408 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1281 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1245 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1171 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 963 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 960 persons


The parish comprises 2917 acres of land, one acre of water, 2 acres of tidal water and 109 acres of foreshore.

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