The parish of
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.
Hawkins Arms, 2002,© Steven Beazley
The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Allen is Blanche Charles,
who can be contacted by Email.
(For information about, and contact details for, the current parish
council, please see
I am currently transcribing St. Allen Parish registers (1680-1900)
and am uploading them to my
OPC pages. Where the records are not online, look-ups are
available from the resources you will find listed on the site.
Many of our Cornish forebears eagerly embraced Nonconformist faiths,
particularly Wesleyan Methodism. St Newlyn East Wesleyan Circuit
incorporated many baptisms from Zelah, St Allen and I have
transcribed the baptism register (1838 – 1899). While it is not yet
online, I can offer lookups.
Census coverage (1841 - 1891) is available for St Allen and the
links to full transcriptions, plus the census index for 1851, can be
on my website.
Please explore my website or contact me for assistance. I don't
promise to do your research for you, but I will do my best to assist
with your queries. I hope that you will find the pages useful. Happy
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.
My transcription of the 1851 Census Index is
available on my
website, along with links to the other online census resources for the
parish and I can provide look-ups from the 1861 census.
The deposited Parish Registers for
St Allen cover the period from 1680 to the 20th century and have been filmed by
the LDS. I have begun transcribing them and uploading the transcriptions to my
website. In the meantime, I provide a look-up service for records which are not
The LDS Church batch numbers for St Allen are:
C0553431, P006361. These are searchable by surname. The IGI coverage of this
parish is 1611 - 1875; it is NOT believed to be fully covered in the LDS
Church's online International Genealogical Index (IGI) at Family Search.
For further Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database
(C-PROP) which is updated frequently and GenUKI (link below).
St Allen Resource Page includes transcriptions of 1873 & 1893 Trade
Directories for the parish and lists my additional holdings. Further Trade
Directories for Cornwall can be searched online
My OPC website lists a number of different
resources, many of them outlined above, but there are others – including
historical resources available for look-ups - so please visit! Also incorporated
in my site are links of information pertaining to the History, Population,
Statistics etc., for St Allen.
As always, additional information can be found on
the Cornwall section of
For a Parish Locator map, please click
here. St. Allen
can be located at coordinates E - 4.
For further map information, please visit
GenUKI (Genealogy - United Kingdom
To see a current, zoomable Ordnance Survey map, please visit
MultiMap, or for maps and satellite
St Erme, St Clement and
- 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.
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
XVIII transcripts including St Allen
(transcribed and in our
database). For the Contents page, keep clicking Next until page 7/160