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St Winnow

The parish of St Winnow, (Cornish: Sen Gwynnow), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north by Cardinham, on the east by Bradock and Boconnoc, on the south by St Veep, and on the west by the River Fowey and the parish of Lostwithiel. The River Fowey separates St Winnow from (Golant) St Sampson, Lanlivery and Lanhydrock. There is some doubt as to whether the name is connected with St Winnoe or St Winwaloe. The parish is mentioned in Domesday Survey of 1086 as San Winnuc and the Church still has some remains of the Norman building. In 1644-5, some 90 persons of this parish died of the plague; this occurred during the English Civil War but only four of the dead were soldiers.

This thinly-populated scattered parish is east of Lostwithiel and the River Fowey. The picturesque village and church are close to the river's edge. Some scenes from the BBC Poldark TV series were filmed here. Other villages in the parish are Bridgend, Polscoe, and Respryn.

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)


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions on-line 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 Winnow was originally in Bodmin Registration District; it is now in the Liskeard Registration District. There were sub-districts are Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the BOdmin district were: Blisland, Bodmin, Bodmin Borough, Cardinham, Egloshayle, Endellion, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanviet, Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, Luxulion, St. Kew, St. Mabyn, St. Minver Highlands, St. Minver Lowlands, St. Tudy, St. Winnow, Temple, Wadebridge, Warleggon, Withiel.

The Superintendant Registrar of Liskeard can be contacted at: Graylands, Dean Street, Liskeard, PL14 4AH. Tel: 01579 343442.

Description & Travel


OPC Assistance. The On-line Parish Clerk (OPC) scheme operates a service to help family historians; the OPC page for this parish is available on-line.

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 Winnow ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for St Winnow (1761 - 1820) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 671 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 782 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 906 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1048 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1056 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1076 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1115 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1168 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1131 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1064 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 989 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 958 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 893 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 880 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 365 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 391 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 321 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 490 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 480 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 304 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 328 persons


The parish comprises 5038 acres of land.

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