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Parish History

BALDHU, an ecclesiastical parish, in the parishes of Kenwyn and Kea, union of Truro, W. division of the hundred of Powder and of the county of Cornwall, 3½ miles (S. W. by W.) from Truro.[1]

Baldhu St Michael and All Angels was an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cornwall, created in 1847 from Kenwyn, Cornwall Ancient Parish, Kea, Cornwall chapelry, and Chacewater, Cornwall Ecclesiastical Parish. The architect was William White. The parish includes Bissoe.

The church is now disused isolated from any settlement after the decline of it's previous mining community. In the churchyard is the grave of "Billy" Bray. William Trewartha Bray (1 June 1794 – 25 May 1868) was a 19th century Cornish preacher born at Twelveheads, a village in the parish of Kea, near Truro, Cornwall.

His grandfather and father were pious Methodists, but his father died when his children were young. In early adulthood Billy Bray lived a drunken life; he was converted through reading John Bunyan's "Visions of Heaven; and Visions of Hell". He then became attached to a group of Methodists known as the Bible Christians, and became a well known but unconventional preacher.

In 1984, the Anglican ecclesiastical parish of Baldhu was united with All Saints, Highertown, Truro. 

Neighboring Parishes  

England Jurisdictions 1851 may be used to locate nearby parishes by clicking the "Options" tab and selecting "List contiguous parishes." 

Kenwyn, Cornwall Mithian, Cornwall Chacewater, Cornwall St Day, Cornwall Gwennap, Cornwall Perranarworthal, Cornwall Feock, Cornwall Kea, Cornwall 


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

  • Truro Registration District to 1974

Church records

Images of parish registers are available online at FamilySearchunder Records (formerly Record Search). Images refer to Cornwall County Record Office reference P 9.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource is the Cornwall Online Parish Clerks page for the parish

The history, registers and much more have been contributed by the Online Parish clerk for Baldhu. 

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241269.

Cornwall Online Census Project

Poor Law Unions

Truro Poor Law Union

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cornwall Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (18 Date accessed: 06 March 2013

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.


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