Mithian, (Cornish: Mydhyen), is in the Hundred and Deanery of Powder. The parish of Mithian is seven miles north-west of Truro, and near the north coast between St Agnes and Perranporth. The picturesque village of Mithian was originally on the branch railway line from Chacewater to Newquay, but this was closed in 1963.

The ecclesiastical parish was created from parts of St Agnes, Kea, Perranzabuloe and Kenwyn parishes, and was gazetted on 24th July 1846. It is located some 5 1/2 miles north-west of Truro. When the parish was founded, it included both the villages of Mithian and Blackwater

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)



Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 947 entries.



Census information for this parish (1851 - 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 SW7450 and was dedicated to St Peter. Mithian is in the Deanery of Powder. This ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1847 principally from the parishes of Kenwyn and Kea, but also partly from Perranzabuloe and St Agnes, to cope with a growing population. The curate appointed to set up the new parish decided to build the church midway between the two villages of Mithian and Blackwater at Chiverton Cross.
    The church, which is built of stone in the Decorated style, was built by voluntary contributions in 1861. It comprises a chancel, nave, and north and south transepts. At the west end is a tower surmounted by a spire. Early in its life, the tower was damaged either by lightning or poor workmanship; because the stone started to crumble, the tower was taken down in 1898 and a new tower without the spire was built in 1928.
    From ancient times, at least two ancient chapels had existed in Mithian, one of which at Mawla was reused as a cowshed.
    Mithian church closed permanently in 2008. Details about the plans of the church are available on-line.
  • Non-Conformist. There was a Wesleyan chapel in the parish.

Church Records

  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1848 - 1977, Burials 1861 - 1977, Marriages 1862 - 1977.
  • Baptisms.
    • Baptisms 1849 to 1911 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
  • Marriages. Marriages 1862 to 1911 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
  • Burials. Burials 1861 to 1911 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).

Civil Registration

The parish of Mithian has been in the Truro Registration District since its creation. There were sub-districts at Kea, Kenwyn, Probus, St. Agnes, St. Clement and St Just-in-Roseland, but these have now been abolished. Parishes in this registration district are: Cornelly, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Lamorran, Merther, Perranzabuloe, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St. Agnes, St. Allen, St. Anthony in Roseland, St. Clement, St. Erme, St. Feock, St. Just in Roseland, St. Michael Penkevil, Tregavethan, Tregony St. James, Truro St. Mary, Veryan.

The address of the Superintendant Registrar is: Dalvenie House, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.
Tel: 01872 322241.


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Mithian 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.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SW745507 (Lat/Lon: 50.312585, -5.169069), Mithian which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

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



Up to 1971, population figures for Mithian are largely included in Kenwyn parish; from 1981, the figures were recorded separately. The following are separate figures of people listed as living in Mithian ecclesiastical parish.

  • Population in 1851 - 589 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 2085 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1930 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1428 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1248 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1273 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1354 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1232 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1238 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1162 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 480 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 420 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 410 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 475 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 510 persons


The parish comprised 4415 acres of land.