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Treslothan, (Cornish: Tresulwedhen), parish is the southern part of the original parish of Camborne from which it was created in 1845. It is in the Hundred of Penwith and Deanery of Carnmarth. One Sir William Pendarves, who lived in the 17th century, entertained his friends by mixing punch in a coffin made of copper. It was at this time copper competed in importance to tin, as shafts could now be sunk lower reaching the rich lodes below the tin.

Near to the Pendarves mausoleum is the grave of John Harris, he left Cornwall only once in the 64 years of his life. His only education was at the village school, but he taught himself to write poetry, saved money to buy books, built a house with his own hands. John born in Camborne in 1820 ceased schooling at the age of 9 and started working on a farm. At the age of 10 he went to Dolcoath mine as a dresser of copper ore, but found time to read his books and began to write verses about the scenes he saw every day. When some miners were killed in Carn Brea mine he wrote a poem in their memory which was sung in the streets of Camborne, and the rector, recognising his talent, lent him books of poetry. He became a lay preacher among the Wesleyans, but continued to write; another preacher who had started life as a farm lad but made a fortune in business, arranged for the publication of his poems. This resulted in a new volume almost every year. He was to win the first prize for a Shakespeare Tercentenery Poem, and it was in winning this prize that John mad his one journey outside Cornwall, to Stratford. In 1878 he had a paralytic stroke, but this did not prevent him from writing his last work - an Autobiography - which was published two years before his death at Falmouth.



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

Early records will be found under Camborne. Also parish is stated as 'Camborne' until 1876.

The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1845 - 1991, Marriages 1845 - 1988.

Civil Registration

The parish of Treslothan is in the Registration District of Camborne-Redruth, and has been since its creation. Parishes in this registration district are: Camborne, East Phillack, Gwennap, Gwinear, Gwithian, Illogan, Phillack, Redruth, St. Sithian's, West Phillack.

The address of the Superintendant Registrar of Camborne-Redruth is: Roskear, Camborne, TR14 8DN. Tel: 01209 612924.

Description & Travel


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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Treslothan parish became part of the Redruth Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief on its creation.


Treslothan was created from part of Camborne parish in 1845. Population figures before this date are with that parish.

  • Population in 1851 - 1757 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1804 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 2011 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 2027 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 2240 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 2383 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 2509 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 2264 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 2117 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1842 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 0 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 0 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 0 persons


The parish comprises 1950 acres of land and 2 acres of water.

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