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Tintagel, (Cornish: Tre Venydh), sometimes Tintagel with Bossiney, is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Minor and the Hundred of Lesnewth. It is bounded on the north by the sea and Trevalga, on the east by Trevalga and Minster, on the south by the detached part of Lanteglos and St Teath, and on the west by the sea. The parish is on the north coast of Cornwall between Port Isaac and Boscastle. Strictly speaking the name of the village is Trevena, the name Tintagel referring only to the headland. Tintagel is perhaps best known for its castle ruins and alleged connection with the legendary King Arthur, although unfortunately little evidence has been found to support this story.

The first castle was built in the middle of the 12th century on the site of a Celtic monastery, long after the time King Arthur was supposed to have lived. The owner at this time was Reginald, Earl of Cornwall, Henry I's illegitimate son. However, it does appear Tintagel was the home of Cornish Royalty in the past and a place of some importance. The united borough of Trevena and Bossiney, commonly called Tintagel, returned two M.P.'s from 1552 until 1832, when the Reform Act did away with such 'Rotten Boroughs'. In 1584, the famous circumnavigator, Sir Francis Drake, was one of these.

A local family, by the name of Wood, lived at Trevillet in this parish. One descendant of this family called Matthew Wood, became Lord Mayor of London in 1816.

The village has several shops and the Old Post Office built in the 14th century is a constant tourist attraction. The nearby village of Tregatta is reputed at one time to have had nine public houses and eight places of worship. At Trevellet there is an old water mill built in 1472; the old workings of which can be seen in what is now a cafe. Besides the Churchtown, other villages in the parish are Trenaile, Trewithin, and Trewarmet.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 1082 entries.

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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:

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

Although originally in the Camelford Registration District, the parish of Tintagel is now in the Bodmin Registration District; there were sub-districts at Boscastle and Camelford but these are now abolished. Parishes within the Camelford district were: Advent, Davidstow, Forrabury, Lanteglos, Lesnewth, Michaelstow, Minster, Otterham, St. Breward, St. Clether, St. Juliot, St. Teath, Tintagel, Trevalga.

The Superintendant Registrar of Bodmin can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.

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Description & Travel

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OPC Assistance.

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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 Tintagel ecclesiastical parish:

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Apprenticeship Indentures for Tintagel (1790, 1817 and 1828) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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  • Population in 1801 - 649 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 730 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 877 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1006 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1185 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1085 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 900 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1001 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 894 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 719 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 868 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 989 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1207 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1234 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1451 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1300 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1372 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1520 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1719 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1822 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1727 persons

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The parish comprises 4885 acres of land.

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Voting Registers

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