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The parish of Trevalga (also spelled as Trevelga), (Cornish: Trevelgi), is situated in the Hundred of Lesnewth and Deanery of Trigg Minor. It is bounded on the north by the sea and Forrabury, on the east and south by Minster, and on the west by Tintagel.

The village of Trevalga nestles on the seaward side of the road from Boscastle to Tintagel and is a remarkable 'time capsule'. The village is unusual in that it belongs to Marlborough College: it was left to his old school by the last Lord of the Manor Mr. Gerald Curgenven, to preserve its character-in which he has been admirably successful. The Manor of Trevalga is mentioned in Domesday Book of 1086. Clusters of slate roofed cottages huddle the road, every little angle and opportunity for plants, driftwood and sculpture - for which the villagers seem to have a particular talent. At the heart of the cottages a narrow track leads to the parish church.

Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 256 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

Although originally in the Camelford Registration District, the parish of Trevalga 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.

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 Trevalga ecclesiastical parish:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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


  • Population in 1801 - 100 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 112 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 133 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 192 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 184 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 126 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 158 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 158 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 141 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 126 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 94 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 81 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 105 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 93 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 86 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 79 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 71 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 95 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 86 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 83 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 72 persons


The parish comprises 1325 acres of land

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