The parish of Warleggon/Warleggan, (Cornish: Gorlegan), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north by Temple, on the east by St Neot, on the south by Bradock, and on the west by Cardinham. It is a small sparsely-populated parish on the edge of Bodmin Moor, dissected by heavily wooded valleys. Until a road was built in 1953 linking it to the A38, it had the reputation of being one of the most remote areas of Cornwall. Mainly a cattle farming region, the hamlet of Warleggan consists of about eleven houses, a church and a chapel. The last vicar to live here, the Reverend Frederick Densham, was boycotted by parishioners and eventually preached to an empty church. He lived the life of a hermit until one day he was found dead in his barricaded house. A book by Daphne du Maurier was based on his story.
The two villages of the parish are Warleggan and Mount.
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 on-line Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 140 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 Warleggan (HO107/153), Enumeration District 6, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1851. The 1851 Census of Warleggan & Temple (HO107/1904), Enumeration District 2, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1861. The 1861 Census of Warleggan & Temple (RG9/1535), Enumeration District 10, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1871. The 1871 Census of Warleggan & Temple (RG10/2248), Enumeration District 10, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1881. The 1881 Census of Warleggan & Temple (RG11/2290), Enumeration District 10, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1891. The 1891 Census of Warleggan (RG12/1815), Enumeration District 10, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1901. The 1901 Census of Warleggan (RG13/2199), is available on-line courtesy of the OPC.
- Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SX1569 and was dedicated to St Bartholomew. It is very small and very isolated. The village church was one of the few on the moors to have a spire, until in 1818 when it was struck by lightning. It comprised a chancel, nave and south aisle. The arcade consists of five four-centred arches, supported on monolith pillars of granite. The only entrance is by the south porch. The tower has two stages, and is finished with stump pinnacles. It now contains only one bell; to pay for the tower repairs in 1818, two of the three bells were sold. The interior of the church was restored in the 19th century.
- Non-Conformist. The arrangements for Non-Conformists in this parish are not yet clear.
- LDS Church Records.
- The LDS Church batch numbers for Warleggan are: E00201, M002201, P002201/2. These are searchable by surname.
- The IGI coverage of this parish is 1547 - 1875.
- The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1548 - 1904, Burials 1548 - 1778, Marriages 1548 - 1837, Boyd's Marriage Index 1547 - 1812, Pallot's Marriage Index 1790 - 1812.
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
- Pre 1813 Marriages
- 1813-37 Marriages
- 1813-37 Burials.
- Baptisms 1813 to 1904 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- The Cornish Forefathers' Society have published on CD baptisms 1720 to 1856 for this parish which can be purchased on Parish Chest.
- Phillimore marriages 1547 to 1718 and 1682 to 1812 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Marriages in the Parish 1547 to 1837, which is available in CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
- The Cornish Forefathers' Society have published on CD marriages 1720 to 1845 for this parish which can be purchased on Parish Chest.
The parish of Warleggan was originally in the Bodmin Registration District, but it is now in the Liskeard Registration District. There were sub-districts are Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the Bodmin district were: Blisland, Bodmin, Bodmin Borough, Cardinham, Egloshayle, Endellion, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanviet, Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, Luxulion, St. Kew, St. Mabyn, St. Minver Highlands, St. Minver Lowlands, St. Tudy, St. Winnow, Temple, Wadebridge, Warleggon, Withiel.
The Superintendant Registrar of St Austell can be contacted at: Graylands, Dean Street, Liskeard, PL14 4AH. Tel: 01579 343442.
Some Warleggan Parish Law Breakers are listed on-line.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Warleggan to another place.
- 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.
You can see the administrative areas in which Warleggan has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Some information about people and property in Warleggan is available.
- Map of the Liskeard Registration District in which the parish lies.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX156690 (Lat/Lon: 50.491781, -4.600527), Warleggan which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- 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.)
Warleggan parish was part of the Bodmin Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
A Warleggan Parish History Group has been formed to research and publish local and family history relating to Warleggan parish. Contact can be made with the Group through the OPC.