The parish of St Minver is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Minor, and the Hundred of Trigg. It is bounded on the north by the sea, on the east by Endellion and St Kew, and on the south and west by the River Camel and Padstow Harbour, which separates it from the parishes of St Breock, St Issey and Padstow. The parish is named after St Menwreda (Mynfreda or Minefreda), the patron saint of the Church, and the sister of St Nectanus, St Tetha, and several others, all of whom were believed to be some of the 24 children of King Broccan.
St Minver is first mentioned in episcopal records in 1269. This parish is on the eastern side of the Camel estuary, and the pleasant village is dominated by the tall spire of the Church. The parish is nominally divided into the Highlands and Lowlands; the parish mother Church being situated in the former, and the two chapels-of-ease called St Enodoc and St Michael's, were in the latter. A town is said once to have stood between St Michael's Church and St Enodoc. In 1778, in consequence of the shifting sands, a chapel amd cemetery were discovered at what is now a place called Rock, and many slate coffins and human bones, were exposed. Spoons, utensils, rings and other ornaments were found, together with a quantity of English coins of various reigns, especially from Henry I to Elizabeth I.
The principal villages are the Churchtown, Rock, Tredrissick, Trevanger, and Penmean. North of St Minver is the 'scattered' village of Trebetherick, which is close to Polzeath with its magnificent view of Pentire Point. Bronze Age and Roman artefacts have been found in this area.
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)