The parish of
|The Parish Church
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|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.
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
Contact details for the church can be found by searching
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 alternate 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
- 24 May
1369, Land Grant concerning Nether Polscoth, naming William QUYNTE,
Robert KERNET, John & Alice TRUBODY
- 11 Nov
1811, concerning land in Lanivet, but naming Robert WALKER and Sophia,
his wife, of this Parish
1 Feb 1836, concerning land in St Blazey but mentioning William COLE of this
Other documents mentioning several parishes,
including St Winnow, can be found
For further information regarding history, population, etc., visit
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
To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for St Winnow at
drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a
specific location on the map.
Boconnoc, St Veep and
Golant St Sampson.
- 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.
Phillimore's Marriages Vol
X transcripts including St Winnow
(transcribed and in our