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The parish of


is in the Hundred of Powder, and is bordered by Cubert, Newlyn and Kenwyn, and on the west by the sea. (please see map link below). Closely tied to St. Piran, who reportedly came to Cornwall from Ireland in 460 A.D., in 1835 an ancient church or chapel was discovered buried in the sand, which might be the actual oratory in which St. Piran himself officiated. (According to Carew, St. Piran lived over 200 years "in perfect health".) Reportedly, when discovered the chapel was 'perfect', but many parts of it were demolished and taken away by curiosity seekers. The sands have since been allowed to reclaim it.

One of the main dwelling places is Chyverton, a 'tasteful and commodious mansion' which was built in 1781.

The 'promising little watering place' of Perran Porth is situated near the mouth of the Mellingey river, at the southern extremity of the sand towans. As one observer wrote, "at sunset the view on the coast from the village - the waves rolling in on a sandy and desert plain, extending in a north-easterly direction for more than two miles - is exceedingly grand."

The chief villages are Perranporth, Mellingy, Penhallow, and Callestock. At Perranporth, there was a 'tasteful' Wesleyan Methodist chapel; a large chapel of the same denomination at Mellingy, and a Bible Christian chapel at Penhallow. Perranporth also had a chapel of ease, and there were many, smaller chapels at various manors.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The OPC (Genealogy) for Perranzabuloe is Mark Jose 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) 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:

Many also name local J.P.s, Churchwardens and / or Overseers of the Poor.

  1. 9 Feb 1765, naming Ruth JOSE of St Breock, plus Richard TRENERRY and John TRENERRY of this parish.
  2. 27 Apr 1832, naming Joseph TREGILGUS of this parish, and a Warrant for his arrest.

Monumental Inscriptions:

Some MIs for Callestick Methodist Chapel (surname TRENERRY) are available here. Digital photographs of those and some other headstones are available from the OPC.

Settlement Documents:

  2 Jul 1761, William & Jane BENNETTO & family (& Probus) 21 Feb 1800, Catherine JORY (& Truro)
  16 Jul 1778, John & Elizabeth BENNETT & family (& Probus) 27 Feb 1812, Thomas & Joanna KEAST & family (& St Erme)
  28 Mar 1780, Grace SANDERS (& Truro) 6 Jan 1814, Joan NANKIVELL (& Truro)
  16 Jun 1790, Elizabeth TRENERRY (& Truro) 3 Sep 1856, Anne LUKE & children (& St Cleer)


  12 Sep 1563, Lawrence GODFREY  

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


St Agnes, Mithian (post-1848), Kenwyn, St Allen, Newlyn East and Cubert.


  1. Perranzabuloe is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume III by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838 (page 312). Also downloadable as a pdf from here.
  2. Phillimore's Marriages Vol XVI transcripts including Perranzabuloe (transcribed and in our database). For the Contents page, keep clicking on Next until page 7/156 appears.