The parish of
St Breward Parish Church
St. Breward lies on the northern edge
of Bodmin Moor, north of the A30 and east of St. Tudy and the Atlantic
There are several versions of how St. Breward got its name - a not
uncommon situation in Cornwall. It was not listed in the Domesday Book,
at which time it was probably part of St. Tudy. It was also called
Simonward. The name Breward may also come from the French for heath,
However, there was also a Celtic saint called Branwalder or Broladre in
Brittany and Jersey. The church was dedicated to St Brueredus in 1278
and is the highest church in Cornwall.
Parish registers from 1558 to 1875 are indexed in the IGI.
The OPC (Genealogy) for St Breward is Michael Bath who can be contacted
For information about, and contact details for, the current parish council,
Contact details for the church can be found by searching
COCP (Cornwall Online Census Project), which is complete for 1841 to
1891 and validated,
at Rootsweb - both are free, searchable databases - or check GenUKI for
For Parish Register information, please see our searchable database
(C-PROP) which is updated frequently, GenUKI (link above) and the LDS website
information, see GenUKI (link below)
or visit the University
of Leicester's Directories website, which has many directories online to
view for free.
- A Bastardy
Bond, dated 26 Nov 1814, naming Thomas MILLER the younger of this
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.
1610, Roger HAMLIE
14 Mar 1791, an Indenture/Will for Joseph POPE of Mikelsto
3 Jun 1615, Richard BATHE
12 Jun 1804, George WILCE
Mar 1636, Henry BATH
1 Oct 1816, John RICKARD
17 Apr 1751, Margery AXWORTHY
24 Feb 1872, Thomas MILLER
Jan 1754, Mary HAINES
12 May 1883, Loveday PETT, probate
Indentures and Other Documents:
- For an indenture between John Price of Hundridge and
Edward Chapman of the Parish of St Bruard alias Symon Ward, in the 5th year of
the reign of the George II,
original document dated 1719.
Indenture, dated 28 Sep 1863 but mentioning earlier agreements by John
PAWLEY of this Parish.
For more information regarding history, population,
etc., visit GenUKI.
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 Breward at
drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a
specific location on the map.
Bolventor (post-1849)and Blisland.
- St Breward 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 n168). Also downloadable as a pdf.
The Parochial and Family History of the deanery of Trigg Minor, Cornwall,
By Sir John Maclean, first published in 1874. A very detailed history, with
the parish included as St Bruered.
Phillimore's Marriages Vol I transcripts including St Breward
(transcribed and in our