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Ladock Parish Church
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Tower & Porch  Font War Memorial*
* Great War 1914 - 1911 names: F Beard, F. M. Biddick, F. H. Brewer, H. J. Brewer, O. A. Brown, R. C. Cate, J. Dennis, A.  Ellens, L. Ford, T. S. Gent, R. Goodman, W. R. Goodman, W. T. Jones, l. R. Miners, F. Parsons, W. T. Rowe, H. J. Sleeman, J. S. Wearne

The parish of Ladock is in mid Cornwall, about 6 miles north east of the City of Truro. Extending to almost 6,000 acres, it has the parishes of Newlyn East and St Enoder to the north, St Stephen in Brannel to the east, Probus to the south, and St Erme to the west. Essentially agricultural in nature, nevertheless tin streaming took place in most of the valleys, and in 1802 the largest gold nugget (now on display in Truro Museum) was discovered in the Ladock River.
The parish takes its name from the patron saint of the parish church, St Ladoca, about whom little is known, although she is reputed to have come to Cornwall with St Piran. The church stands in an elevated position above the settlement of Bissick in the valley, and still has some Norman elements – notably in the north wall and transept. Most of the church, however, dates from the 15th century, and was in turn "restored" in 1864.
There is a chapel in Grampound Road, a village on the border of Ladock and Probus, and there were formerly chapels in Bissick, New Mills and Scarcewater, close to the boundary with St Stephen in Brannel, although all three of them, alas, are no longer in use for worship, and all have been converted to dwellings.

The B3275 road, which passes through the settlement of Bissick, was formerly part of the toll road linking Truro and Bodmin, and one of its distinctive toll houses can still be seen on the northern side of the road approaching Brighton Cross.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Ladock is John Evans, who can be contacted at

The previous OPC maintained a website, which might be useful for family research.

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.



Information can be found at COCP (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 and other resources, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently, the parish coverage page is here.


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


Bastardy/Filiation Documents:

  1. an Order, dated 17 Feb 1782, involving Rachael and John SEARLE
  2. the Examination of Alice STANAWAY, dated 10 Oct 1808.

Manorial Documents:

  1722, Manor of Trenowth/Trenoweth  

Overseers Accounts:

These are a goldmine of information on many parish residents.

  1. 1770-84 & 1789-91, more to follow

Settlement Documents:

  8 Apr 1739, John BARBERY (& Probus) 28 Mar 1784, William COURTENAY & daughters
  18 May 1756, John & Dinah COLLINS & family (& Probus) 25 Jun 1801, Ann PAPPIN (& Probus)
  14 Dec 1765, James GRIEVE (& Probus)  

Vestry Minutes:

  1838-1878 - appointment of Overseers &c.  

Voters Lists:

  1. 1851/52
  2. 1852/53
  3. 1856/57
  4. 1864/65


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.

  11 May 1589, Richard ESTCOTTE 25 Nov 1745, Peter BUCKINGHAM
  12 Apr 1614, Robart/Robert HITCHINGE 7 Apr 1747, William BOND
  4 Nov 1628, Thomas LENN 24 Mar 1761, Rev St John ELLIOT
  5 Apr 1645, Hatton COURTNEY, proved 1652 1782, Walter CARLYON
  4 Dec 1654, John BRANCH 19 Nov 1794, Rev William POOLEY
  27 Apr 1659, Thomas COONE 3 Jun 1841, Edward BLAKE
  3 Dec 1741, Elizabeth HUDDY 22 Nov 1842, Revd Henry WARE
  20 Apr 1745, Samuel MINERS 12 Feb 1846, Revd James JARMAN

Indentures and Other Documents:

  1. 6 Mar 1748, indenture concerning Fair Moor, Bedock, Ladock naming William MINORS and others
  2. For an Indenture, dated 29 Sep 1836, regarding Bassett's Tenement and naming William, John and Joseph BASSETT, yeomen, click here.
  3. An auction file (.pdf), dated 30 May 1842, naming John MARTIN, Edward KEAST, William MORCOMBE, James JULIFE, Thomas JULIFE, William LATCHER and Thomas BASSETT. (Opens in a new window, close it to return to this page.)
  4. Another Indenture regarding Bassett's Tenement, dated 21 Sep 1861, naming John Rosevear HARVEY, Thomas JULIFF and Mrs VIGURS, click here.

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


St Erme, Newlyn East, St Enoder, St Stephen in Brannel, Creed with Grampound and Probus.


  1. Ladock 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 352). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. Phillimore's Marriages Vol XXIII transcripts including Ladock (transcribed and in our database). For the Contents page, keep clicking Next until page 7/153 appears.