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The parish of Temple, (Cornish: Tempel), (Temple-Grafton, alias St Catharine's), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Minor, and the Hundred of Trigg. It is bounded on the north and west by Blisland, on the east by St Neot, and on the south by Warleggan and Cardinham. The village of Temple is on moorland just off the A30 between Bodmin and Launceston. The Knights Templars, who were dedicated to helping pilgims travel to Jerusalem, possessed land here in the 12th century, and left a lasting reminder in the present name.

In the 18th century the church achieved some notoriety as a place where couples could marry without a license or banns. By the middle of the 19th century Temple was practically a deserted village with an ash tree growing in the floor of the church. In the 1870s, china clay mining attracted population into Temple, and the adjoining parishes of Blisland and Cardinham. About 1883, because of this increasing population in the area, the small church was virtually rebuilt. However, the separate parish did not prove viable, and in 1934, the parish was incorporated into the neighbouring Blisland parish.



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 Temple was in the Bodmin Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts are Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the 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 can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.

Description & Travel



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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


Temple was incorporated into the parish of Blisland in 1934.

  • Population in 1801 - 15 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 18 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 27 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 29 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 37 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 24 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 12 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 34 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 38 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 51 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 45 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 31 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 34 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 29 persons


The parish comprises 822 acres of land.

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