CORNWALL ONLINE PARISH CLERKS - helping bring the past alive

The parish of

FALMOUTH, King Charles

Falmouth Pendennis Castle
© Charles Winpenny, 2004
Pendennis Castle, 2002
© Karen Start

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Falmouth, King Charles is Louise Haywood, who can be contacted at contacted at
For information about (and contact details for) the current town council, please see this website. Falmouth Town Council's website is here.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.



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 alternative resources.


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

Transcripts of other register information available on this website -

Society of Friends/Quaker births (1837 - 1897), marriages (1839 - 1894), burials (1837 - 1908) use zoom to view.

Falmouth Union Workhouse births 1866 - 1914

Falmouth Burial Ground records are online on the Town Council's website.

Some Burials records for the Dissenters' Burying Ground, Ponsharden are in our database. Restoration work on the cemetery is described and illustrated on this website.


  1830, Pigot's  

For other information, see the University of Leicester's website of Historical Directories or GenUKI.


Bastardy Bonds: - these usually name the local Churchwardens, Overseers of the Poor and Justices of the Peace, as well as the couple concerned.

  1 Oct 1742, Alexander JAMES & Thomas MILLS 6 May 1812, William PARKES & William GARD
  7 Mar 1785, John MORRIS 26 Nov 1814, Thomas MILLER the Elder

Memorial Inscriptions:

  Falmouth, King Charles - Some MIs are in our database, from both the interior of the Church and the Graveyard. Full transcripts are here.
  Falmouth, Ponsharden - MIs are in our database and the site plan is reproduced here with the permission of Robert Nunn & Tom Weller. See this external link for details of the book which contains more information and photographs.

Settlement Papers:

  13 Apr 1774, Bridget JAMES (& Truro) 24 Aug 1813, Elizabeth HAMPTON (& Truro)
  20 Oct 1787, William BAKER (& Truro) Jan-Nov 1848, Mary JONES (& Budock)
  11 Mar 1794, Thomas SOBEY & children (& Truro) Nov 1848, Hugh BONDS (& Budock)
  31 Jan 1805, Lucy SAMPSON (& St Clement) Feb 1849, Elizabeth KITTO & children (& Budock)
  25 Feb 1806, Catherine WEEKS (& Probus) Jul-Aug 1858, Richard WARNE (& Budock)

Voters' Lists:

  1. 1832 for Parish of Falmouth.
  2. 1832 for the Town of Falmouth.
  3. 1834 (corrected version of an 1832 list) for the Town of Falmouth, election of Knights of the Shire.
  4. 1834 (corrected version of an 1832 list) for the Parish of Falmouth, election of Knights of the Shire.


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.

  4 Jun 1745, Elizabeth STEPHENS 2 Oct 1848, Ann CURGENVEN (& Lamorran)
  26 Nov 1808, Jane MOTTON 5 Jul 1850, Jane HINGSTON
  2 Jun 1831, Margaret EVA 8 Aug 1864, Henry BATH
  24 Jan 1839, Henry BATH  

Other Documents:

  1. 1866-1911, Falmouth Union Workhouse births
  2. dated 21 Dec 1894, a list of lunatic paupers
  3. Some Monumental Inscriptions
  4. A pdf file of 19th century billboards, naming businesses from several parishes and some of their proprietors

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 Falmouth at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


Falmouth All Saints (post-1889), Penwerris (post-1848), Budock and, across the estuary, Flushing (post-1844).


Darling-Finan, N, (2001) Images of Bygone Falmouth, Breedon Books Publishing
Davies, A, (1989) The History of the Falmouth Working Boats, Cornwall Lithographic Printers
Gay, S.E., (1903) Old Falmouth. The story of the town from the days of the Killigrews to the earliest part of the 19th century., Headley Brothers
Gilson, P., (1990) Falmouth in Old Photographs, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd.
Gilson, P., (1992) The Lower Fal in Old Photographs, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd.
Gilson, P., (1994) The Upper Fal in Old Photographs, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd.
Kempthorne, J.L., (1928) Falmouth Parish Church, The Cornish Echo Co.
Newman, R, (11th edition) The Charm of The Fal, J.H.Lake & Co. Ltd.
Wallace, M.L., (1949) The Story of the Parish of All Saints Falmouth 1924-1949, Parrett & Neves Ltd.
Other possibilities:-
The Falmouth Packets, David Mudd
Bygone Falmouth, Sheila Bird
Falmouth's Famous Past, Bob Dunstan
The History of Falmouth, James Whetter
Falmouth Haven: The Maritime History of a Great West Country Port, D.G. Wilson
The History of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club 1871-1949, Lt Col C.J.H. Mead
History and Description of the Town and Harbour of Falmouth, R.Thomas


  1. Falmouth is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume II by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838 (page n7). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. Old Falmouth, The Story of the Town from the Days of the Killigrews to the Earliest Part of the 19th Century, by Susan E. Gay


All Photographs c.1890/1900 & © Malcolm McCarthy

Click thumbnails to enlarge

Town View 1
Town View 2
Town from Trefusis
View of Pendennis Castle
Penryn Viaduct Kimberley Park St. Anthony's Lighthouse Fish Quay

Town View 1 - abt 1898 as it shows the addition to The Falmouth Hotel. It should be noted that Cliff Road (along the sea front) doesn’t exist.

Town View 2 - view from Castle Hill looking across the town. Falmouth Hotel on the left. Taken abt 1895. Next to the Hotel were five separate dwellings (now it’s The Madeira Hotel) one of which housed the Coastguard Paymaster. To the right of these are the offices of the Headquarters of the Falmouth coastguard (seen to the right of the flag pole).

Penryn Viaduct - viaduct was built in the mid 1860s (opened in August 1863). The photo shows the original timber frame probably in the 1890s. It used a fan design on granite pillars. There were 15 spans. Its total length was 964ft & it stood 102ft above College Woods. It was replaced in the 1930s with a stone structure.

Kimberley Park - named after the Earl of Kimberley who leased the land to Falmouth. The gardens pre date 1877, photograph likely to be c. 1890.

St. Anthony's Lighthouse - built in 1834-5. The lighthouse was equipped with the two ton fog bell in 1882 (which can clearly be seen in the photo). Photo possibly taken abt. 1890.