Penponds, (Cornish: Pennpons), is in the Hundred of Penwith and Deanery of Carnmarth. The parish of Penponds stretches from the north coast of Cornwall to the north-west suburbs of the town of Camborne. It was created out of Camborne parish in 1857 because of its increasing population; it was the most agricultural area of that parish. The principal villages in Penponds are: Kehelland, Barripper and Ramsgate.

Penponds is now again administered as part of Camborne town.

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)





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 ecclesiastical parish of Penponds was formed in 1846 from Camborne civil parish. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SW6339 and was dedicated to: The Holy Trinity. This was built in 1854 out of stone with granite quoins in the early English style. It comprises a chancel, nave, north aisle, vestry. The arcade is of four arches, and there is a stone bell-cote, pierced for two bells. The registers date from 1854, although the parish was not gazetted until 1 January 1857. In 1901, the church was restored and decorated.
    The ecclesiastical parish is now linked to Crowan parish.
  • Non-conformists. The Bible Christians had a chapel at Penponds, the United Methodists had a chapel at Barripper, and the Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel at Kehelland.

Church Records

The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1854 - 1997, Burials 1854 - 1998, Marriages 1854 - 1989.


Civil Registration

The parish of Penponds is in the Registration District of Camborne-Redruth, and has been since its creation.

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


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Penponds 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.
  • The OPC has produced a genealogical website for the Town of Camborne.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SW635391 (Lat/Lon: 50.204814, -5.315281), Penponds which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Penponds parish was part of the Redruth Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.



The parish of Penponds was created from Camborne parish in 1857. Population figures before this date are with that parish.

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)

  • Population in 1851 - 2001 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 2012 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1930 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1684 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1686 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1610 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1638 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1446 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1311 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1196 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 0 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1050 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1065 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 0000 persons


The parish consists of 1956 acres of land.