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The parish of Stratton, (Cornish: Strasnedh), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Major and the Hundred of Stratton. It is bounded on the north by Poughill, on the east by Launcells, on the south by Marhamchurch, and on the west by the sea. The village of Stratton lies a mile to the east of Bude, (which is also called Bude Haven or Budeham). and is located on the north coast of Cornwall.
When the coastal area of Bude was separated from the original parish of Bude-Stratton in 1836, the remainder (to the east of Bude) became the parish of Stratton. The origin of name is said to have derived from the Cornish, meaning 'valley of the River Neet'; the English ton has been added later. However, a more plausible explanation, for the name (which is of great antiquity having been given in Saxon times to the Hundred in which it lies) is that it is derived from the Roman road or Street near which it stands. Towns so situated are traditionally called street-towns or strettons.
About half a mile west of the town are the remains of Binhamy Castle.

The parish was originally called Bude-Stratton. Although the two parishes ofBude Haven and Stratton were separated from each other in 1836, the two parish now once again now form the one civil parish of 'Bude-Stratton'.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 988 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 Stratton is in the Stratton Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Kilkhampton, Stratton and Week St Mary but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Jacobstow, Kilkhampton, Launcells, Marhamchurch, Morwenstow, Poughill, Poundstock, St. Gennys, Stratton, Stratton and Bude, Week St. Mary, Whitstone. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: The Parkhouse Centre, Ergue Gaberic Way, Bude, EX23 8LF. Tel: 01288 353209.

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, from where the OPC can be contacted by email.

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 Stratton ecclesiastical parish:


Medical Records

In 1547, some 153 persons died in the town of the plague. In 1729, of 49 people buried, 42 of them died of the smallpox.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Stratton parish was part of the Stratton Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


Bude Haven was separated from part of this parish in 1836. However, the two parishes came again together as 'Bude-Stratton' civil parish.

  • Population in 1801 - 960 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1094 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1580 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1613 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1941 persons, plus 19 persons on Stratton shipping
  • Population in 1851 - 1026 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1755 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1808 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1794 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1788 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 2308 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 2976 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 3958 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 3836 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 5224 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 5124 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 5643 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 6765 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 8125 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 9242 persons (Bude-Stratton)
  • Population in 2011 - 9979 persons (Bude-Stratton)


Bude/Stratton & District Old Cornwall Society News Page is on-line.


The parish comprised 2653 acres of land.

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