Gwennap Parish Records

Background photo Gwennap Granite






We have now retired from the Cornwall OPC group but  still have an  interest in  Gwennap family history. We  have continued to keep this and our other websites active. Unfortunately we let the subscription for the Gwennap domain name lapse, so its has been lost out in  the ether for a few months. We have managed  to recover all the contents and transfer it onto the pages of my family website, so hopefully search engines will eventually pick it up again. Please 'cut and paste' when you first search as  otherwise it will link back  to the old defunct pages.






We transcribed many of  the church records of baptisms, marriages and burials in the days before computers. Since we commenced our transcriptions other records have been become available About 15 years ago we joined up with others in a group of researchers called 'Online Parish Clerks', whose mission was to collect all available records and collate a visual and social history of each particular  parish. The aim was for each OPC to put it online on their own website. We managed with free web-pages at first - and put up with the adds!

Sennen , Gwennap with Lanner and Redruth with Treleigh were our parishes but as the records grew we paid both a server for an adds free site, and for  a domain address. These costs became a factor for some which led to the formation  of the Cornwall  OPC Database at: -




W. L. Bawden, in an excerpt from the 'introduction' to his transcripts of Gwennap Parish Registers says:


  “Some foreign births are entered in the baptisms to ensure that a record existed in this country, such as on page 119.  The entry is: 21st Dec 1852, baptism : Phillipa Roberts, daughter of John & Grace Roberts ; miner; Carharrack; she was 11 years old last birth-day and born in Brazil"

Miners would take mining jobs abroad, taking their wives and children with them. Quite often children would be born to them in those foreign countries. In time the family would return to Gwennap. On a permanent basis there was more emigration to foreign countries from Gwennap than from any other Cornish parish.

I have carried out a cursory check to ascertain some of the most ancient families; of Gwennap from the 1522 Military Survey. The following surnames are listed for Gwennap: Penhalurick, Magor, Jose, Bawden, Treweek, Jeffery, Williams, Skewes, Thomas, Richards, Nicholls, Harris, Jenkin, Skinner, Hitchins, Angove and Michell. Descendants of these same families still reside in the parish of Gwennap. A period of over 450 years.

 W.L. Bawden"


The Cornwall Record Office agreed to the Church of the Latter Day Saints recording the parish registers. Some of these are on the LDS website but only the years 1674-1772  for Gwennap  appear there.


The Church of LDS  has also made available, for FREE, scans of the original  church record books at   


On  each of the front pages of our Baptisms, Marriages and Burials we tell you how to access those for Gwennap Scroll down this page to the Baptisms, Marriages and Burials; click on a heading in a box to go to the relevant page and find these online.


We have made links to many other sites, such as the 1841-1891 Census. We have also written potted histories of the area and its features , as well as information in newspapers and how mining was an ever-present influence on the life of all the inhabitants of the parish

Scroll down this page to access them.

Please use your back buttons to return to us after visiting them.


Finally, although every care is taken when transcribing the records we are all too human and make errors. Please check with the original  documents wherever possible for confirmation.


We are also OPC for Sennen Parish 

website of the records for that parish is at:


Good luck with your research!  


Sandra  & George Pritchard


Contact email:  sandrapenhalvean <at>

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 War Memorials 





Wills, Admonitions for Gwennap 1660 - 1729

 What is a Parish? 





The Old Parish of Gwennap 


 Parish Church & Clergy  




Gwennap Family Web Sites

Gwennap Links




 Mining in Gwennap




Protestation Returns – Gwennap 1642




Adjoining Parishes 

                                                                   Gwennap was originally bounded  by:

                                                 on the north  St Agnes & detached part of Kenwyn and Kea:

                                                                         on the east by Perranarworthal

                                                                             on the south by Stithians

                                                                   on the west by Wendron & Redruth


                                       St Agnes for information on records please see The Genuki Page

                                                                      Kea  Records click here

Kenwyn Records on-line through the OPC search Facility

Perranarworthal for information on records please see The Genuki Page

Stithians Records Click Here

Wendron for information on records please see The Genuki Page


                               In 1833 St Day became a Parish and the records from then on were separate from Gwennap.

                                The Online Parish Clerk for St Day is Fran Pillsbury  who may be reached via Email.



    Cornwall on-line    Census


Cornwall On-Line Parish Clerks


          Genuki Gwennap





 The Online Parish Clerk for Gwennap [which is me] is a member of a voluntary group and is not affiliated

in any way, with either the Civil Parish Council  or the Gwennap Church Council. 


If you are looking for

Gwennap Civil Parish Council or the Parish Clerk for Gwennap,  please use the following link:


If you are wishing to contact the Parish Church then these are the details:

St Wenappa, Gwennap, TR16 6BD


Sunday 11.00am - on 1st, 3rd & 5th Holy Communion, 2nd Family Service,
4th Matins.


no contact known




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Revised: October 14, 2016.