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The parish of

ST AGNES


 
Parish Church - Lych Gate & Spire
 
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Parish Church - South Side

Parish Church - Covered Way to Porch

Parish Church - South Side & Spire

Methodist Chapel & War Memorial

Stile Field Cemetery
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St. Agnes is in the Hundred and deanery of Pydar, just inland from the North coast and the Bristol Channel, and lies to the North of Redruth. (see map reference below). It is not mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, as it was considered part of Perranzabuloe until 1846. It was in the Carrick district until Cornwall became a unitary authority in 2009, with civil registration for the parish being in the Truro Registration District continuously from 1st July 1837. There were sub-districts at Kea, Kenwyn, Probus, St. Agnes, St. Clement and St Just-in-Roseland, but these have now been abolished.

Villages in the parish include the Churchtown, Trevaunance Cove, Towan Cross, Mithian and Mingoose. The town of Perranporth is to the North East of the parish. Currently the area is mainly farmland, but St Agnes Parish was one of the great mining districts in Cornwall, abounding in tin and copper. As a result, the parish is scant of trees. The Earl of Cornwall once had a manor at Tywarnhayle. The northern boundary of the parish is the rugged Northern coastline of Cornwall. St Agnes Beacon is a raised area of land which was chosen as one of the principal western stations of the Ordnance Survey.

There have been concerted efforts to build a harbour at Trevaunance (now called Trevaunance Quay) over the centuries, but the efforts have been discontinued. Blackwater is a village 3 miles south-east, in the ecclesiastical parish of Mithian, which is on the road between Redruth and St Columb. Goonbell, with a "halt" on the Perranporth and Newquay rail motor car branch of the Great Western railway, is also located in this parish.

From earliest times until 1846, St. Agnes, while being the chief centre of population of the large parish of Perranzabloe, was but a chapelry to that parish. It was not until 1846 when St Agnes was constituted an independent ecclesiastical parish and the first Vicar was appointed replacing the previous curates. By 1846, the population had increased to such an extent that the church building was too small, and authority was given to pull down the old church and build a new one. Only the lower stages of the old tower was incorporated into the new building. Further history of the church and parish is available on-line. The "new" parish of Mount Hawke was created from part of parish 1847; it is located in the West of the older St Agnes parish.

The Roman Catholic Parish developed a Mass Centre, which was started in the time of the Irish immigration in the mid-nineteenth century. A Catholic chapel had been built in 1882 on Trevellas Downs, near Cligga Head, and was served from Camborne. Between the two world wars, people had to walk to the nearest Mass centre at Perranporth. The present Church, Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Trevaunance Road, St Agnes, was built in June 1958 as a Chapel-of-Ease to Redruth Parish.

There was a Wesleyan Methodist church in St Agnes, as well as Primitive Methodist and United Methodist chapels. A municipal cemetery of two acres was formed in 1876 which included two mortuary chapels.


Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Agnes is Stephen Hawke, who can be contacted by Email.

The previous OPC maintained a website which might be helpful in your research.
 
For information about, and contact details for, the current parish council, please see this website.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.


PARISH INFORMATION

CENSUS:

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 alternate resources.

REGISTERS:

For other Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently and GenUKI. The C-PROP parish coverage page is here.

Please click here to see a list of names on the St. Agnes Wesleyan Tablet Mural.

DIRECTORIES:

For information, visit the University of Leicester's Directories website, which has many online to view for free.

OTHER:

Settlement Papers:

  12 Jan 1728, Thomas REYNOLDS 7 Feb 1849, Elizabeth THOMAS & children (& St Breock)
  18 Sep 1829, Grace BARCLE (& Luxulyan)  

For more information regarding history, population, etc., visit GenUKI.

War Memorial:


Inscription

1914-1918 War (1)

1914-1918 War (2)

1939-1945 War
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© John Evans

Wills:

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.

  12 May 1599, Thomas KEARNE alias TRESULIAN  

MAPS:

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 St Agnes at http://maps.google.co.uk/, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.

ADJACENT PARISHES:

Mount Hawke (post-1847), Illogan (pre-1847), Redruth (pre-1847), Mithian (post-1848), Kenwyn (pre-1848) and Perranzabuloe.

ONLINE BOOKS:

  1. St Agnes 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 n44). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. The Circle, or Historical Survey of Sixty Parishes and Towns in Cornwall, by William Penaluna, first published in 1819.
  3. 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 n9.
  4. Phillimore's Marriages Vol XVIII transcripts including St Agnes (transcribed and in our database). For the Contents page, keep clicking Next until page 7/160 appears.

MORE PHOTOGRAPHS:

Views of the Town
 
© John Evans