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The OPC (Genealogy) for Paul is Diane Donohue, who can be contacted at
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), and GenUKI. The C-PROP parish coverage page is here.


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


The Burial Register entry for Betsy OXNAM, wife of the Rev. William, 1797.

To view an Indenture, dated 4 Jun 1816, which mentions Richard KEIGWIN, Richard BARNES, Stephen BLEWETT and John PENTREATH of this Parish, click here.

Bastardy/Filiation Documents:

  29 Mar 1779, John LEGGOE the younger & Elizabeth GRENFELL  

Memorial Inscriptions:

A few photographs are available here.


  10 Nov 1601, Olyve BADCOCK 9 Mar 1747, Martin HUTCHENS
  11 Jul 1605, John BODENER 29 Jan 1748, Richard LADNER
  11 Jan 1608, Elisabeth HUTCHENS 20 May 1749, Benjamin BEADEN/BEADON
4 Jul 1621, Marten BODENER 24 Oct 1749, John DEEBLE
  3 Mar 1652, Joane BODINAR 20 Nov 1749, John CRANKAN
  6 Feb 1662, William HUCHENS 25 Dec 1749, Charles EVA
  7 Apr 1734, Thomas CRANKAN 15 Nov 1750, Alexander SAMSON
  6 May 1738, John COTTON, mariner 28 Aug 1751, William GEAR, mariner
  2 Aug 1740, Richard RICHARDS 14 Oct 1751, John PEARCE/PEARSE
  8 Oct 1740, John Williams, mariner, proved 1749 1 Aug 1752, John CARONPEZZACK/CARNPEZZACK
  21 Jan 1741, Richard BICKERLEG 27 Aug 1753, Thomas TREGURTHA
  18 May 1742, William PAUL, mariner, proved 1749 25 Sep 1753, Peter DOWNING
  11 Aug 1742, Samuell PEARCE 3 May 1754, Richard MARRACK
3 Oct 1742, John COLMAN, mariner 17 Mar 1821, Nicholas PENTREATH
  30 Oct 1744, John RICHARDS (proved 1755) 15 Jun 1839, William BURGESS
  2 Aug 1746, Isaac GRUZALIER 10 Mar 1846, John RICHARDS
  22 Dec 1746, William KELYNACK 22 Jul 1847, Edward JAMES
  4 Jan 1747, Richard RICHARDS 29 Sep 1856, John EVANS

For information regarding History, Population, and much more, 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 Paul Cornwall at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


St Buryan, Sancreed, Madron and Newlyn St Peter (post-1851).


  1. Paul 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. The History of Mount's Bay, comprising Saint Michael's Mount, Marazion, Penzance, Newlyn, Mousehole, &c. &c., published in 1820 by J. Thomas
  3. Phillimore's Marriages Vol IX transcripts including Paul (transcribed and in our database)


  1. People and Places in Paul Parish by Jim Hosking ISBN 0 9501296-6-6
  2. The History of the Church in Paul Parish by G. M. Trelease ISBN 0 9554040 0 2


Dolly Pentreath Dolly Pentreath
The Memorial to Dorothy (Dolly) Pentreath
supposedly the last person to speak only Cornish
© the Malcolm McCarthy Collection
An enlargement of the text on the Memorial
© the Malcolm McCarthy Collection