Tintagel, (Cornish: Tre Venydh), sometimes Tintagel with Bossiney, is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Minor and the Hundred of Lesnewth. It is bounded on the north by the sea and Trevalga, on the east by Trevalga and Minster, on the south by the detached part of Lanteglos and St Teath, and on the west by the sea. The parish is on the north coast of Cornwall between Port Isaac and Boscastle. Strictly speaking the name of the village is Trevena, the name Tintagel referring only to the headland. Tintagel is perhaps best known for its castle ruins and alleged connection with the legendary King Arthur, although unfortunately little evidence has been found to support this story.
The first castle was built in the middle of the 12th century on the site of a Celtic monastery, long after the time King Arthur was supposed to have lived. The owner at this time was Reginald, Earl of Cornwall, Henry I's illegitimate son. However, it does appear Tintagel was the home of Cornish Royalty in the past and a place of some importance. The united borough of Trevena and Bossiney, commonly called Tintagel, returned two M.P.'s from 1552 until 1832, when the Reform Act did away with such 'Rotten Boroughs'. In 1584, the famous circumnavigator, Sir Francis Drake, was one of these.
A local family, by the name of Wood, lived at Trevillet in this parish. One descendant of this family called Matthew Wood, became Lord Mayor of London in 1816.
The village has several shops and the Old Post Office built in the 14th century is a constant tourist attraction. The nearby village of Tregatta is reputed at one time to have had nine public houses and eight places of worship. At Trevellet there is an old water mill built in 1472; the old workings of which can be seen in what is now a cafe. Besides the Churchtown, other villages in the parish are Trenaile, Trewithin, and Trewarmet.
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 the Parish Church - 1082 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:
- 1841. The 1841 Census of Tintagel (with Bossiney) (HO107/140) is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project as follows:
- The 1851 Census of Tintagel (HO107/1898), Enumeration District 7a, 7b and 7c, 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; Tintagel is listed in Volume 4. 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 Tintagel (RG9/1515), Enumeration District 8, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1871 The 1871 Census of Tintagel (RG10/2218), Enumeration Districts 8 and 9, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1881. The 1881 Census of Tintagel (RG11/2272), Enumeration Districts 8 and 9, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1891. The 1891 Census of Tintagel (RG12/1799), Enumeration District 7, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SX0588 and was dedicated to St Merteriane (or Materiana). It comprises a chancel, nave, north and south transepts, and a vestry (formerly a Lady Chapel). The entrances are by north and south porches; the latter has a perfect Norman doorway, and the former has several Saxon features. The tower has three stages and is finished with battlements. The whole church was substantially renovated in 1870.
Two extra chapels (to St Piran and St Denis) were licensed in Tintagel on 8th May 1457, but these no longer exist. There is also the remains of an old chapel at Trethevy (which was dedicated to St Nectin), and which is located near Tintagel; it is very close to the waterfall known as St Nectan's falls.
A further chapel at Treknow was opened in 1929; details about the plans of this church are available on-line.
- Roman Catholics. The Mission of Tintagel, like many others in Cornwall, was founded by the Canons Regular of the Lateran from Bodmin. The Church of St. Paul was built in 1968. Of particular interest inside the modern building is the Cornish serpentine statue of the Blessed Virgin, Stations of the Cross carved out of local wood, and the stained glass made by the monks at Buckfast.
On the left of the Church the windows depict Calvary, the spear of Longinus and the Holy Grail. It was King Arthur(of Tintagel) who, according to legend,sent his knights out to seek the Holy Grail, the Chalice used by Joseph of Arimathea to collect some of the Sacred Blood from the wounded side of Christ. Behind the altar there are two windows illustrating two coats-of-arms of the pre-Reformation Priory of Austin Canons, taken over by the CRL in 1881 when they took up residence in Bodmin. On the right of the Church, the stained glass is again rich in imagery of Cornish tradition.
- Non-Conformist. There were also a Wesleyan Methodist chapel at Trevena, a Bible Christian chapel was located at Trewarmet, and another, built in 1860, was situated at Bossiney.
- LDS Church Records.
- The LDS Church batch numbers for Tintagel are: C025291, E025291, M025291. These are searchable by surname.
- The IGI coverage of this parish is 1599 - 1812.
- The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1569 - 1980, Burials 1546 - 1978, Marriages 1588 - 1910, Boyd's Marriage Index 1588 - 1812, Pallot's Marriage Index 1800 - 1812.
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
- Pre 1813 Marriages
- 1813-37 Marriages
- 1813-37 Burials
- Baptisms 1837 to 1911 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- Tintagel Free Methodist Chapel baptisms 1903 to 1911 are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- The Cornish Forefathers' Society have published on CD, baptisms 1698 to 1845 for this parish which can be purchased on Parish Chest.
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Marriages in the Parish 1588 to 1837, which is available in CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
- Phillimore's marriages 1588 to 1812, and marriage transcripts 1837 to 1910, in this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- Phillimore's Marriages at Tintagel - 1588 to 1812 are also available on-line from UK Genealogy Archives.
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Marriages in the Parish 1813 to 1837, which is available in CD or Book formats.
Although originally in the Camelford Registration District, the parish of Tintagel is now in the Bodmin Registration District; there were sub-districts at Boscastle and Camelford but these are now abolished. Parishes within the Camelford district were: Advent, Davidstow, Forrabury, Lanteglos, Lesnewth, Michaelstow, Minster, Otterham, St. Breward, St. Clether, St. Juliot, St. Teath, Tintagel, Trevalga.
The Superintendant Registrar of Bodmin can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Tintagel to another place.
- 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 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 Tintagel ecclesiastical parish:
You can see the administrative areas in which Tintagel has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Map of the Camelford Registration District in which the parish originally lay.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX055886 (Lat/Lon: 50.664424, -4.753648), Tintagel which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Apprenticeship Indentures for Tintagel (1790, 1817 and 1828) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.
- Tintagel parish was part of the Camelford Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
- Overseers' Accounts (1804 to 1825) and Settlement Papers (1772), are available in the Cornwall Record Office.