Trevalga, Cornwall Genealogy

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Parish History

Trevalga (Cornish: Trevelgi) St Petroc is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall.The village church is also the parish church and is dedicated to St Petroc. Also in the parish is Trehane Barton (in its present form a farmhouse dating from 1743). The church was built in the 12th and 13th centuries (the tower being later than the nave and chancel). After restoration work the church was reopened in 1875. It is a member of the Boscastle with Davidstow United Benefice in the Diocese of Truro.

Unusually, the village is owned by the estate of Marlborough College, a public school in Wiltshire. The college was bequethed to the college in 1961 by the last Lord of Trevalga Manor, Gerald Curgenven. This was to ensure it's preservation from development and allow local families to remain inhabiting the hamlet. However, in 2010, the college was told that it was breaking charity law by owning a hamlet, and thereafter placed the entire estate on the market. This sparked worry amongst the tenants, and other inhabitants, to the future of the hamlet. Thereafter, protests and petitions were set up, using the social networking website Facebook in an attempt to save the hamlet. There was formerly a slate quarry and a silver lead mine in the parish.


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 FreeBMD.

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 233

Census records

Overview, Include any unique information such as, the census for X year was destroyed, Collection in FHL and link to catalog, Online sites. for details of public houses in the 1881 census

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:

  • 1851 Jurisdiction Maps
  • Vision of Britain

Web sites

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