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St Martin In Meneage

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The Parish of St. Martin, (Cornish: Didemin), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. It is bounded on the north by the Helford estuary which separates it from Constantine, on the east by Manaccan, from which it is separated by Frenchman's Creek and its tributary rivulet, on the south by St. Keverne, and on the west by Mawgan-in-Meneage.

The name is derived from the dedication of the Church to St Martin of Tours. Other centres of population include the village of Newtown, which together with St. Martins Green are the principal villages in the 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)





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 St Martin-in-Meneage (HO107/138), Enumeration District 9, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1851.
    • The 1851 Census of St Martin-in-Meneage (HO107/1913), Enumeration District 1, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
    • The New Zealand Society of Genealogists have compiled separate surname indexes of the 1851 Census for each Cornish registration district; St Martin-in-Meneage is listed in Volume 32. The booklets are available in Cornwall at the Cornwall Centre, (formerly known as the Cornish Studies Library), and is also available in the Cornwall FHS Library.
  • 1861. The 1861 Census of St Martin-in-Meneage (RG9/1573), Enumeration District 1, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1871.
    • The 1871 Census of St Martin-in-Meneage (RG10/2305), Enumeration District 1, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1881. The 1881 Census of St Martin-in-Meneage (RG11/2324), Enumeration District 1, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1891. The 1891 Census of St Martin-in-Meneage (RG12/1841), Enumeration District 1, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.

Church History

  • Anglican.The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SW7323; it is dedicated to St Martin. The present church was built in 1830 and is dedicated to St. Martin. It is a plain parallelogram with a south porch. The font is of native elvan and it rests on a round shaft and four small pillars. The tower belonged to the former church. It consists of two stages, is 45 feet in height, and is finished with battlements and pinnacles. The belfry contains one bell, dated 1826.
    The parish of St Anthony became a united benefice with Manaccan by an order in council dated 15 February 1916. St Martin was added to this benefice by another order in council dated 22 December 1982, since when Mawgan has been added.
  • Non-Conformist. There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel at Newtown, a Bible Christian chapel at Tregiddon, and a United Methodist Free Church chapel at St. Martins Green.

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Civil Registration

The parish of St Martin-in-Meneage was originally in the Helston Registration District; there were sub-districts at Breage, Crowan, Helston, St Keverne and Wendron. It is now in the Kerrier Registration District. Parishes in this registration district are: Breage, Crowan, Cury, Germoe, Gunwalloe, Grade, Helston, Landewednack, Manaccan, Mawgan in Meneage, Mullion, Ruan Major, Ruan Minor, St. Anthony in Meneage, St. Keverne, St. Martin in Meneage, Sithney, Wendron.

The address of the Registration Office is: The Willows, Church Street, Helston, TR13 8NJ.
Tel: 01326 562848.


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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 St Martin-in-Meneage to assist those researching their ancestry in the parish.
  • There is also a genealogical website for the parish.
  • 'Strays' of persons whose parish of birth in the 1861 Census was given as St Martin-in-Meneage but who appear in Census records elswhere, is available on-line:

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 St Martin-in-Meneage ecclesiastical parish:

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


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • St Martin-in-Meneage parish was part of the Helston Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
  • Overseers' Accounts (1772 to 1797, 1830 to 1848) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.


  • Population in 1801 - 363 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 391 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 504 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 508 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 565 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 522 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 419 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 424 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 397 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 336 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 322 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 341 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 287 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 262 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 291 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 242 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 270 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 275 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 308 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 343 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 377 persons


The parish comprises 2372 acres of land, 46 acres of tidal water and 63 acres of foreshore.