Budock (Cornish: Plywvudhek)is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kirrier (Kerrier). It is now more commonly called Budock Water. In 1869, it was bounded on the north by St Gluvias and Falmouth, on the east by the sea, on the south by Mawnan and Constantine, and on the west by Mabe. The parish is named after Saint Budocus; the name is also found in the area of Plymouth known as St Budeaux. Before the conquest the whole of the parish of Budock lay within the manor belonging to the Bishops of Exeter called Treliver. The modern name of the village is Budock Water.

Glasney was originally in this parish, and was a moor or march at the bottom of the episcopal park at Penryn. Here Walter Bronescombe, Bishop of Exeter, in 1264, commenced and on March 26th 1267, endowed a college for thirteen canons, one of whom was to be styled provost, or president, and for thirteen vicars. In 1318 a misunderstanding between to Provost and canons as impropriators of St Gluvias, and the vicar of that church over the division of tithes was resolved by the Bishop of Exeter.

The peninsular upon which Pendennis Castle stands was a detached portion of Budock. Part of Budock formed the new borough of Falmouth and Penryn.

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 Quaker Burials - 185 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.
Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:


Church History

  • Anglican.
    • The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SW7832 and was dedicated to St Budocus prior to 1270. It comprises a chancel, nave, north aisle, and south transept. The arcade has seven four-centred arches, supported on monolith pillars of granite. The tower arch is plain and chamfered. There is a south porch with stone benches, and a priest's door. The tower is of three stages, is buttressed at the angles, and has stump pinnacles. There is a lych gate to the churchyard. Details about the plans of this church are available on-line.
    • There was also a Mission Church at Glasney which was built in 1908.
  • Non-Conformist. There are Wesleyan chapels at Treverva and Budock Water.

Church Records

  • LDS Church Records.
    • The LDS Church batch numbers for Budock are: E006431, M006341, P006341. These are searchable by surname.
    • The IGI coverage of this parish is 1649 - 1875.
  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1653 - 1960, Burials 1653 - 1954, Marriages 1653 - 1966, Boyd's Marriage Index 1610 - 1812, Pallot's Marriage Index 1800 - 1812, BTs 1610 - 1673.
  • Baptisms.
    • Baptisms 1738 to 1911 are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • The Cornish Forefathers' Society have published on CD baptisms 1719 to 1840 for this parish and are available for purchase on Parish Chest
  • Banns. Banns 1829 to 1889 and 1891 to 1906 are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
  • Marriages.
  • Burials.
    • Burials 1653 to 1837, and 1840 to 1932, are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Burials 1813 to 1837, which is available in Book or CD formats.

Civil Registration

The parish of Budock is in the Falmouth Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Constantine, Falmouth, Mylor and Penryn. Parishes within the district are: Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St. Gluvias. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Berkely House, 12-14 Berkeley Vale, Falmouth, TR11 3PH. Tel: 01326 312606.


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"BUDOCK, a parish in the hundred of Kerrier, in the county of Cornwall, near Falmouth, a suburb of which it includes. It is situated on the W. side of Falmouth Bay, on the English Channel, and contains Pendennis Castle, and the site of an ancient college, founded near the close of the 13th century. Granite is abundant here, and there is a copper mine. The living is a curacy annexed to the vicarage of St. Gluvias, in the diocese of Exeter. The church contains several old family monuments. There is a chapel for Wesleyan Methodists. The parochial charities, consisting chiefly of a bequest for education by F. Robyns in 1768, amount to £10 a year."

"PENRYN, a post and market town, seaport, municipal, and parliamentary borough in the parishes of St. Gluvias and Budock, hundred of Kerrier, county Cornwall, 26 miles S.W. of Bodmin, and 2 N.W. of Falmouth. It is a station on the Cornwall and West Cornwall railway. It is situated on the declivity of an eminence at the head of Falmouth creek, an inlet from Falmouth harbour, and consists principally of one spacious street, from which several minor streets branch off at right angles. It comprises the manors of Penryn Borough and Penryn Forryn, and was formerly held by the Osbornes, under the bishops of Exeter, who had a seat here, and under whose patronage the town first rose into importance. A college was founded by Bishop Bronscombe, in 1270, for a provost, eleven prebendaries, seven vicars, and six choristers, which continued till the Dissolution, when its revenues were valued at £210 13s. 2d. It returned two members to Parliament first in the reign of Edward VI., or according to others, in the first year of Queen Mary; but since the Reform Bill its bounds have been extended so as to include the borough of Falmouth and part of the parish of Budock.



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.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SW781319 (Lat/Lon: 50.145231, -5.107221), Budock which are provided by:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Budock (1791 - 1836) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Budock parish was part of the Falmouth Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief. The Falmouth Workhouse was located at Trescobeas, within the parish of Budock.
  • Overseers' Accounts for Budock(1765 to 1782 and 1790 to 1793), Settlement Papers (1827 to 1859) and Bastardy Bonds (1779 to 1819), are available in the Cornwall Record Office.


  • Population in 1801 - 779 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1514 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1634 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1797 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1979 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 2069 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 2251 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 2578 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1443 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1285 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1288 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1086 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1684 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 2728 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 914 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1029 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1051 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1135 persons(including 990 persons in Budock Water village.)
  • Population in 1991 - 1325 persons (including 1195 in Budock Water village)
  • Population in 2001 - 1399 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1537 persons

Religion & Religious Life

In the May of 1641 it was agreed and ordered that every Member of the House of Commons and House of Lords should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty) to the crown. The Protestation was printed and then distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The Protestation Returns of 1642 for Budock are available on-line.



The parish comprises 3589 acres of land, 13 acres of tidal water and 67 acres of foreshore.