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The parish of


St George, created 1847
St John, created 1852
St Mary, the ancient Parish
St Paul, created 1856

The Anglican Cathedral, Truro, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Built on the site of the former parish church of St Mary The Virgin, it incorporates some of the surviving features and also functions as the parish's church. Work started in 1880 and the cathedral was consecrated in 1887.

Photograph © Anthea Augustson

There is currently no OPC (Genealogy) for these parishes. The previous OPC maintained a website, which might be useful in your research.

For information about, and contact details for, the current city council please see this website.
Contact details for the cathedral and churches 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 alternate resources.


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


  1830, Pigot's Directory for Truro and St Michael (Mitchell)  

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


Bastardy Bonds/Filiation Documents:

(These often name the local Justices of the Peace, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, as well as those people mentioned below.)

  1. dated 13 Aug 1746, naming John CARNE of the Borough of Truro.
  2. dated 28 Oct 1781, naming William and Thomas BARRET of the Borough of Truro.
  3. dated 17 Sep 1783, naming Thomas WILTON of the Borough of Truro.
  4. dated 28 Nov 1784, naming Collin CAMPBELL of the Borough of Truro.
  5. dated 12 Dec 1785, naming Edmund ROUSE of the Borough of Truro, as surety for his son George.
  6. dated 16 Oct 1789, naming John WRIGHT, Junr, of the Borough of Truro.
  7. dated 2 Mar 1791, naming John WRIGHT, Junr, and John ROSE of the Borough of Truro.

Indentures & Other Legal Documents

  1. Transcription of an Indemnity Order from the Parish of St Clements to the Borough of Truro, dated 1 Apr 1772, regarding contributions to the upkeep of the Poorhouse.

Settlement Documents:

  2 May 1764, Timothy & Ann LIFECHILD (& Probus) 12 Mar 1817, Nancy CREBA (& Probus)
  16 Nov 1801, Sarah REED (& Probus)  


  9 Mar 1575, John TUSSER 19 Aug 1747, John LARK
  8 Apr 1581, John POWLE alias COOKE 15 Jun 1748, William AUGERS
  14 Dec 1733, John WHITE 8 Aug 1748, Catherine ALLEN 
  13 Jan 1742, John DAVEY 4 Mar 1750, William HARNESS
  23 Feb 1743, Stephen TIPPETT 2 Apr 1750, Margery SEER
  15 Mar 1743, Joan GREGOR 26 Dec 1750, Zacharias WILLIAMS
  6 Mar 1745, John ROBERTS 25 Sep 1751, Elizabeth SEARLE
  3 Feb 1747, James CALLAWAY 31 Oct 1854, Anne EDWARDS
  1 Mar 1747, Elizabeth BISHOP 28 Jan 1876, Mary Elizabeth PRICE
  18 Jun 1747, Thomas HUTCHINS  

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 these parishes, search for Truro at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


Kea, Baldhu (post-1847), Kenwyn and St Clement.


  1. Truro is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume IV by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838. Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. The Cornwall Register by John Wallis, A.M. F.S.S., then Vicar of Bodmin, printed 1847. If the in-built search produces no results, use the index pages (474-476) to find your parish of interest. Tables of statistics and other data can be found at the beginning of the book, starting at page n9.