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The parish of


St Winnow St Winnow
The Parish Church
© David Coppin
St Nectan's Church, St Winnow Parish
© David Coppins

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The parish of St Winnow dates back at least 1000 years and is mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. The area is just over 5000 acres. There are two churches, and the St Winnow Parish Church is in the extreme south of the parish at approximate grid reference 115570. More centrally located is the Church or Chapel of St Nectan (also called St Nighton's) at approximate grid reference 128600. This latter is part of the St Winnow Parish and is known as a "chapel of ease" (or "chapel of convenience"). Portions of the St Winnow Church date from Norman times and both churches are largely from the 15th century. St Nectan's Church was significantly damaged during the civil war in 1644 and alterations have been made. There was also a restoration at St Winnow's Church during the 19th century, but the essential character of the building was not significantly changed. Glass windows honouring both saints are found in the parish church of St Winnow.
The parish is rather sparsely populated (fewer than 1000 inhabitants), with the largest centre of population at Bridgend, which, although part of St Winnow parish, is now usually considered to be a part of the town of Lostwithiel, which is across the Fowey River bridge. Until recently, the parish was in the Bodmin Civil Registration District, but is now in the Liskeard Civil Registration District. Other than Bridgend, the parish is mostly agricultural with little industry or commerce. Adjacent parishes beginning on the north going clockwise are Cardinham, Broadoak (Braddoc), Boconnoc, St Veep, St Sampson (Golant), Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, and Lanhydrock. The hamlet of Lerryn straddles the River Lerryn with part of the homes in St Winnow parish and the other part in St Veep parish.
There are cemeteries at both the St Winnow and the St Nectan's Churches. Both are still in use and maintained to a modest degree.
Most non-conformists were Methodist or Bible Christian. The jurisdictional boundaries for these groups do not coincide with those of the Anglican parish. Records will usually be found in the circuits of St Austell, Bodmin, and Liskeard.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

OPC The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Winnow is David Coppin,  who can be contacted at
Message from the OPC: The availability of parish registers for St Winnow is spotty at this time, but I have transcribed all of the records that I have so far been able to obtain, and that information has been posted on the database on this website. Although I live in the USA, I have spent time visiting and exploring this parish, and I do have some additional information that might be of use to those searching for their family in St Winnow.

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


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



  1. 24 May 1369, Land Grant concerning Nether Polscoth, naming William QUYNTE, Robert KERNET, John & Alice TRUBODY
  2. 11 Nov 1811, concerning land in Lanivet, but naming Robert WALKER and Sophia, his wife, of this Parish
  3. 1 Feb 1836, concerning land in St Blazey but mentioning William COLE of this parish.

Settlement Papers:

  13 May 1581, Davey HAWKEY 28 Jun 1765, Rebecca BENNETT (& Luxulyan)
  19 Jun 1745, William DOWNING (& Luxulyan) 9 Oct 1787, Elizabeth WILLINGTON (& Luxulyan)
  20 Apr 1765, Philip BENNETT & wife (& Luxulyan) 19 Dec 1819, Christian Grace COOMBE (& Luxulyan)
  28 Jun 1765, Joan BENNETT  (& Luxulyan)  

Voters Lists:

  1. 1851/52
  2. 1852/53
  3. 1856/57


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.

  27 Feb 1572, George LOWER 13 May 1581, Davey HAWKEY

Other documents mentioning several parishes, including St Winnow, can be found here.

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


Lostwithiel, Lanlivery, Lanhydrock, Cardinham, Bradock, Boconnoc, St Veep and Golant St Sampson.


  1. St Winnow 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. Phillimore's Marriages Vol X transcripts including St Winnow (transcribed and in our database)