St Wenn, Cornwall Genealogy

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Parish History

WENN, ST., a parish, in the union of St. Columb Major, E. division of the hundred of Pyder and of the county of Cornwall, 4 miles (N. E. by E.) from St. Columb Major. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

St Wenna (Cornish: Sen Gwenna) is an ancient parish in the county of Cornwall.

St Wenna church has a chancel (which was rebuilt in 1823), nave, and north and south aisles. The arcades each include three depressed four-centred arches supported on monolith pillars; the material is St Stephens porcelain stone. The chief entrance is a south porch; a north door and a west door to the north aisle are blocked up. The tower only consists of two stages; a third was destroyed by lightning in 1663. It is large and a high status construction. It is buttressed on the square. The belfry contained five bells.
A chapel at Carenzawatha was dedicated to St Mary Magdalane; it was destroyed in the Civil War and only some slight remains are now evident.

The modern parish is part of St Columb Major with St Wenn, United Benefice in the diocese of Truro.

There is a Methodist Chapel at Rosenannon Methodist Chapel, Cornwall and there formerly were others.


Civil Registration

Births, 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 Free BMD.

Church records

Overview, Include information for parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts, Contact information for the office holding the original records, Links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.

Images of parish registers are available online in historic records (formerly Record Search) Images refer to Cornwall County Record Office reference: P 250

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

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

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.

Cornwall Online Census Project

Poor Law Unions

St Columb Major Poor Law Union

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [county] 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

There are many maps and gazetteers showing English places. Valuable web sites are:

Web sites

Add here any relevant sites that aren't mentioned above.