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The parish of St Wenn, (Cornish: Sen Gwenna), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Pydar. It is bounded on the north by St Issey and St Breock, on the east by Withiel, on the south by Roche, and on the west by St Columb Major. St Wenna was believed to be the daughter of the Welsh king Broccan. The parish is in an agricultural area in the middle of Cornwall between St Austell and Padstow. To the north is the moorland area of St Breock Downs, which in prehistoric times was an overland route from the port of Padstow to the south coast. That area of St Breock Downs, which is within this parish, rises to a height of 739 feet. A tall monolith, known as the Great Stone, is the parish boundary.

Villages are the Churchtown, Tregonetha, and Rosnannon.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line 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 Wenn 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 can be contacted at: 12 Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4LD. Tel: 01726 68974. Fax: 01726 68974.

Description & Travel



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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


  • Population in 1801 - 358 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 452 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 589 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 649 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 725 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 650 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 580 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 585 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 541 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 423 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 182 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 395 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 378 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 388 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 406 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 364 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 318 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 295 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 320 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 335 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 299 persons


The parish comprises 4695 acres of land.

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