CORNWALL ONLINE PARISH CLERKS - helping bring the past alive
The parish of
ST COLUMB MAJOR
The ancient town of St Columb Major has a wonderful Church at its heart. The tower is 15th century and 80 feet high with a passage from south to north through it that is as wide as a hand cart. This was a right of way to the College founded by Sir John Arundel in 1427 as the Church did not own the land on three sides of the tower until 1820.
The parish is bounded by St Ervan, Little Petherick, St Issey, St Wenn, Roche, St Dennis, St Enoder, Colan, St Columb Minor and St Mawgan in Pydar. Edward III granted a market in St Columb Major to Sir John Arundell in 1333. It is still a busy market town and the largest settlement in the parish. The Union Workhouse for the parishes of St Breock, St Columb Major, St Columb Minor, Colan, Crantock, Cubert, St Ervan, St Eval, St Enoder, St Issey, Little Petherick, St Merryn, Mawgan-in-Pydar, Newlyn East, Padstow and St Wenn was built in St Columb Major town in about 1840. This means that a large number of "strays" from other parishes are recorded here in the censuses and baptismal registers.
As well as farming, there was mining in this parish.
The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Columb Major is Philip Green, who can be contacted by Email.
For information about (and contact details for) the current town
council, please see
Please visit COCP (Cornwall Online Census Project), which is complete for 1841 to 1891 and validated, FreeCens at Rootsweb - both are free, searchable databases - or check GenUKI for other alternatives.
Church records are extensive and are: Baptisms 1540-1964, Marriages 1544-1970 and Burials 1539-1965 all held at CRO. Many have been transcribed and are in our database, see the parish coverage page.
To search for records, please see our searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently.
Please visit the University of Leicester's Directories website, which has many directories online to view for free.
Bastardy/Filiation Documents: - many also name local J.P.s, Churchwardens and / or Overseers of the Poor, as well as the couple concerned
Indentures and Other Documents:
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 Columb Major 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.