The parish of
is in the Hundred of Lesneweth, and the Deanery of
Trigg-minor, in the North Cornwall District, on the edge of Bodmin Moor.
It is named for St. Alhawyn or Adwena. There is no village called
The area is mainly farmland with some areas of moorland to the east of
the parish; the underlying material is granite. It contains the small
villages of Treclogoe (Trelogoe), Pencarrow and Tresinney. There are
also a number of small hamlets and farmsteads dotted around the parish
and a few small streams cross it. A man-made lake, Crowdy Reservoir,
lies in the East of the Parish.
The Anglican parish church is located just to the North East of the
hamlet of Tresinney and was dedicated to St Athwenna (or Adwenna) in
1340 (and probably was consecrated on Advent Sunday), but is now known
as Advent. It was endowed in the 14th century by the Duke of Cornwall
and is constructed in the perpendicular style. The Bible Christians had
a Meeting House in Advent, which is no longer in use.
For information about (and contact details for) the current parish
council, please see
Contact details for the church can be found by searching
Information can be found at COCP - the Cornwall Online Census Project - which is complete for
1841 to 1891 and has been verified, FreeCen at Rootsweb, which has a very good search engine and
information from COCP, as well as GenUKI, which has more reference information and alternative
For Advent Parish Register information and other resources, please see our online searchable database
(C-PROP) which is updated frequently. The C-PROP coverage page is
For information, see GenUKI.
A list of
available Wills and
Probate Documents. Copies of those marked as CRO can be ordered
from here using the appropriate reference. For those marked as
NA enter the reference in the search box on
this page and follow the onscreen instructions.
1611, John HOCKEN
Jan 1743, Christopher ARNOLD
1650/1656?, William MITCHELL
20 Jun 1743,
5 Aug 1653,
1746, Daniel LOMBARD, also of Lanteglos by Camelford
1657, John MELLAND/MEDLAND
1749, Aves BROWNE
24 Nov 1741,
1750, Jane DANGAR
For photographs of the moor, the church, and
more, please visit the
Bodmin Moor website.
For an indenture, dated 16 Sep 1829, involving
William BURT, Thomas JORY and several parcels of land in the parish,
Other documents mentioning several parishes,
including Advent, can be found
For more information regarding history,
population, etc., visit
For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit
Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To see the Parish
boundaries, click on the Layers Tab for Government Boundaries.
For maps and satellite
images use Google Maps.
To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for Advent at
drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a
specific location on the map.
- Advent is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume I by Davies Gilbert,
William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in
1838 (page n40). Also downloadable as a pdf.
The Cornwall Register by John Wallis, A.M. F.S.S., then Vicar of
Bodmin, printed 1847. If the in-built search produces no results, use the
index pages (474-476) to find your parish of interest. Tables of statistics
and other data can be found at the beginning of the book, starting at page
Phillimore's Marriages Vol I transcripts including Advent (transcribed
and in our