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The parish of

ST ALLEN

Although it has never been a large parish, nowadays, long after the closure of the mines, St Allen comprises only a few houses. In its hey-day, around 1871, the parish comprised 774 inhabitants and provided the home for miners working at East Wheal Rose, just across the border in the neighbouring parish of St Newlyn East.

One of Cornwall’s greatest 19th Century tragedies occurred on 9 July 1846: a flash storm flooded East Wheal Rose, with the loss of thirty-nine men, many of whom were residents of, and buried in, St Allen. You can read about the flood and its victims here, together with a note from the St Allen Burial Register.

The registers for the parish church of St Allen (or St Alunus) date from 1680, but by 1873 the Wesleyan Methodists and Bible Christians had established their chapels in Zelah, a hamlet within the parish. Like many other nonconformist religions, they operated preaching circuits, and many of Zelah’s Wesleyan Baptisms were recorded in the St Newlyn East or Truro circuit registers. Similarly, many of the Bible Christian records for St Allen residents are found in Truro Bible Christian registers.
 

St Agnes
Hawkins Arms, 2002,© Steven Beazley

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Allen is Gillian Hart, who can be contacted by Email.
 
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, FreeCens 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 Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently.

DIRECTORIES:

Trade Directories for Cornwall can be searched online here.

OTHER:

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.

Additional information can be found in the Cornwall section of GenUKI.

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 Allen 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:

Perranzabuloe, Newlyn East, St Erme, St Clement and Kenwyn.

ONLINE BOOKS:

  1. St Allen 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 n54). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. 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.
  3. Phillimore's Marriages Vol XVIII transcripts including St Allen (transcribed and in our database/a>). For the Contents page, keep clicking Next until page 7/160 appears.