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Tideford, (Cornish: Rystydi), is in the Deanery and Hundred of East. It is situated on the A38 between Saltash and Liskeard. The origin of name is taken from 'Ford over the River Tiddy', indicating an early river crossing. The name is pronounced 'Tiddy-ford'.

The parish was created from part of St Germans parish in 1852.


Monumental inscriptions for this parish have not yet been recorded.


Census information for this parish (1861 - 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 Tideford is in the St Germans Registration District, and has been since its creation; there were sub-districts at Antony, St Germans and Saltash but they have now been abolished. The Superintendant Registrar of St Germans can be contacted at: Ploughastel Drive, St Germans, Cornwall. Tel: 01752 842624.

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.


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Tideford parish became part of the St Germans Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief on its creation.


The parish of Tideford was created in 1852 from St Germans parish; population figures before this date are included under St Germans.

  • Population in 1861 - 913 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 831 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 676 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 693 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 686 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 675 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 621 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 587 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 505 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 300 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 340 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 325 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 0 persons


The parish comprises 2000 acres of land.

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