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The Parish Church - East End
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The Parish Church - Font
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South Aisle & Organ
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Parish Church Porch
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General View - New Graveyard
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Parish Church - Altar
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Ruthernbridge Wesleyan Chapel
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Wesleyan Chapel & Sunday School
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Village from Graveyard
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The differences between the civil (local government) and ecclesiastical (church) parish boundaries can be found by looking at the links in the Maps section below. The boundaries of the former have changed quite often. Most records on this website are based on the boundaries of the latter.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Withiel is Kay Halley, 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, 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.


Settlement Papers:

  15 Jan 1759, John VAGUE 18 Jan 1821, Thomas & Mary KESTLE (& St Breock)
  30 Sep 1770, John UDY & wife Ann 25 Aug 1829, Joshua WHITE (& St Breock & St Ewe)
  13 Jan 1818, John & Elizabeth JULYAN (& St Breock) 16 Jan 1854, Benjamin, Phoeby MERIFIELD & children (& Luxulyan)

Voters Lists:

  1. 1851/52
  2. 1853/54
  3. 1864/65

War Memorial:

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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.

  2 Jan 1741, John BRIDGMAN 21 Dec 1887, Reginald Frederick VYVYAN

A terrier, found in the marriages register, dated 1823 and concerning the Rectory, Glebe, Church repairs &c.

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 find the local government (civil) Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab.

The ecclesiastical (church) parish boundaries can be found by searching here on the Church of England website.

For maps and satellite images use Google Maps.

To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for Withiel at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


St Wenn, St Breock, Bodmin, Lanivet and Roche.


  1. Withiel 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 VI transcripts including Withiel (transcribed and in our database)