Gwennap Parish Records
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.
if you have QUERIES ON EITHER OF THE ABOVE PARISHES PLEASE Contact me
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: - http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/search-database/
W. L. Bawden, in an excerpt from the 'introduction' to his transcripts of Gwennap Parish Registers says:
foreign births are entered in the baptisms to ensure that a record existed in
this country, such as on page 119. The entry is:
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.
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: http://sennenopc.vingoe.name/
Good luck with your research!
Sandra & George Pritchard
Contact email:� sandrapenhalvean <at> gmail.com
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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
Kenwyn Records on-line through the OPC search Facility
Perranarworthal for information on records please see The Genuki Page
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.
The Online Parish Clerk for Gwennap [which is me] is a member of a voluntary group and is not affiliated
way, with either the Civil Parish Council or the
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
no contact known