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The parish of Trewen, (Cornish: Trewynn), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Minor, and the Hundred of East. It is bounded on the north by Egloskerry, on the east by St Thomas-by-Launceston, on the south by South Petherwin and Lewannick, and on the west by Altarnun and Laneast. The origin of the parish name is probably from the Cornish for 'white farm'.

The parish is situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor to the west of Launceston. The only village is Piper's Pool.

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 on-line Monumental Inscriptions
    • The Parish Church - 125 entries.
    • Pipers Pool Methodist Chapel - 46 entries.
  • There is a granite slab in the churchyard inscribed "Ralph Honey was buryed the xviii of May 1596".
  • Pictures of some gravestones from Trewen church are available on-line.


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.
Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:

  • 1841
    • The 1841 Census of Trewen (HO107/134), Enumeration District 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
    • It has also been filmed by the LDS church - Film No. 241258.
  • 1851. The 1851 Census of Trewin (HO107/1899), Enumeration District 3, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1861.
    • The 1861 Census of Trewen (RG9/1517), Enumeration District 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1871. The 1871 Census of Trewen (RG10/2222), Enumeration District 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1881. The 1881 Census of Trewen (RG11/2274), Enumeration District 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1891. The 1891 Census of Trewen (RG12/1801), Enumeration District 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Trewen area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SX2583 and was dedicated to St Michael and All Angels. The church is an ancient granite building in the Early Perpendicular style, which was restored in 1863/1864; it comprises a chancel, nave, and north aisle. The arcade consists of four low, four-centred arches supported on granite pillars. The entrance is a south porch; a north door has been blocked. A bell-turret at the west-end of the church contains one bell. The register of baptisms date from 1616, and marriages and burials from 1617.
  • Non-Conformist. There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel at Piper's Pool.

Church Records

  • LDS Church Records. This parish is NOT included in the LDS Church's International Genealogical Index (IGI).
  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1616 - 1979, Burials 1616 - 1979, Marriages 1617 - 1953, Boyd's Marriage Index 1608 - 1675, BTs 1608 - 1675.
  • The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
    • 1813-37 Marriages
    • 1813-37 Burials
  • Baptisms. Baptisms 1616 to 1905 in this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
  • Marriages.
    • The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Marriages in the Parish 1610 to 1837, which is available in Book, CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
    • Marriages 1610 to 1834, and 1837 to 1911, in this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
  • Burials.

Civil Registration

The parish of Trewen is in the Launceston Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837. There were sub-districts at Altarnun, Launceston, North Hill, North Petherwin and St Stephen-by-Launceston, but these are now all closed. Parishes within the district were: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, Northill, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Stephens by Launceston, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Thomas Street, South Petherwin, Stokeclimsland, Tremaine, Treneglos, Tresmeer, Trewen, Warbstow.

The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Hendra, Dunheved Road, Launceston, PL15 9JG. Tel: 01566 772464.

You can see pictures of Trewen which are provided by:


  • 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.
  • Mailing Lists. There is a mailing list for anyone with a genealogical and or historical interest in Bodmin Moor and its surrounding villages. Villages covered are: Advent (Tresinney), Alternun, Blisland, Bodmin, Boventor, Camelford (Lanteglos), Cardinham, Davidstow, Egloshayle, Helland, Laneast, Lanteglos by Camelford, Launceston, Lewannick, Liskeard, Michaelstow, North Hill, St Breward, St Breock, St Cleer, St Clether, St Mabyn, St Neot, St Tudy, Temple, Tresinney, Trewen, Wadebridge (Egloshayle & St Breock), and Warleggan. This list is in support of the OnLine Parish Clerk system. You can also subscribe to the ENG-CON-BODMINMOOR-L for the List version, or ENG-CON-BODMINMOOR-D (digest) for the Digest version.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Trewen has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Trewen to another place.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX250830 (Lat/Lon: 50.620319, -4.475333), Trewen which are provided by:

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Trewen parish was part of the Launceston Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 193 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 190 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 206 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 213 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 221 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 188 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 178 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 150 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 141 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 124 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 120 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 108 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 99 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 103 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 85 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 80 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 100 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 110 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 125 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 134 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 142 persons


The parish comprises 992 acres of land and 2 acres of water.