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The parish of


is located in the Hundred of Penwith, and is neighbours with Towednack, Lelant, St. Erth and St. Hilary, as well as the sea.

The Davy and Borlase families are prominent in the history of the parish. The parents of Sir Humphrey Davy, President of the Royal Society, etc., are memorialized in the church, and the following tablet may also be found:

In memory of John POOLEY of this parish, sometimes Captain of the Coobre mine in San Domingo, and afterwards of the Lucencia mine in Spain, who died 2 May, 1864 aged 54 years. This monument is erected by a friend.

One of the more interesting sites in the parish is Castle-an-Dinas, an ancient double-walled circular fort, which has fallen into ruin. It is estimated that one wall was 5 feet thick, and stood 4 feet high. From the top of the hill, the spires of 27 churches may be seen.

The principal villages, besides the Churchtown, are Crowlas, Lower Quarter, Cockwells, Whitecross, Canonstown, and Manwinion. Wesleyan chapels were at Crowlas, Whitecross (b. 1858), Trenewin, Newtown, and Canonstown. The Primitive Methodists had chapels at Lower Quarter, Cockwells, and Boswase. The Bible Christians had a chapel at Batreva.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Ludgvan is Bill Curnow, who can be contacted by Email.

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. Transcriptions of 77 entries from a Bastardy Bonds Register (1760 - 1820) are available here.


  28 Apr 1741, William TREVORIAN 6 Feb 1746, Christopher BORLASE
  11 Nov 1741, Richard JOHN, proved 1754 3 Nov 1746, John PEARSE
  30 Nov 1743, John ROWE 12 Oct 1747, William GILLES
  26 Jan 1746, Hosea NICHOLLS 19 Dec 1747, John MICHELL

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


Gulval, Towednack, Lelant, St Erth, St Hilary and Marazion (post-1813).


  1. Ludgvan is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume III by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838. Also downloadable as a pdf from here.
  2. Phillimore's Marriages Vol V transcripts including Ludgvan (transcribed and in our database)