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For Morvah Cornwall

Transcriptions from the Parish Registers of Baptisms, Marriages & Burials for Morvah (Morvedh) Cornwall -
Plus Much More About the Parish

Links (off site)


Baptisms 1653-1812
Baptisms 1813-1839
Baptisms 1840-1901
Of Morvah Baptised Madron 1723-1865
Of Morvah Baptised    St Just 1661-1719

Marriages 1617-1763
 Marriages (BT's) 1764-1772
Marriages 1774-1812
Marriages 1813-1837
Marriages (Phillimore) 1617-1772
Of Morvah Married Madron 1710-1837

Burials 1655-1812
Burials 1813-1910

Of Morvah Burial StJust 1633-1668
Of Morvah Burial Madron 1813-1900

Church Wardens Accounts 1855-61

John Norden 1610 Gazetteer of Penwith

Map to Accompany 1610 Gazetteer

John Norden 1610 Map of Cornwall Hundreds

Post Office Directory
1856 & 1873
Kelly's Directory 1883 1893 1914
Magna Britannia 1814

The Cornwall Coast (Morvah Extract) by Arthur L Salmon 1910

This and That

Sunday School Treat 1836
Documents Relating to Morvah
Chun Castle
The Morvah Band
Newspaper Reports
Born Morvah
Buried ?

Photographs from Around the Parish
Morvah Fair

My name is Heather Carbis and I am the OPC for the Parish of

What is an OPC?

Cornwall OPC are a group of volunteers who compile reference material for particular parishes in Cornwall which we gladly share with researchers at no cost. Our role should not be confused with a Parish Council appointed Clerk

The Parish of Morvah is in the Deanery and Hundred of Penwith. To the north it is bounded by the sea and Zennor, to the east by Madron, the south by Madron and St. Just, the west by St. Just / Pendeen and the sea. Morvah lies on the north coast road of the extreme south west peninsula of Cornwall. The Parish includes the villages of Churchtown, Tregaminion, Trevowan and Trevean.

"Some say of the Cornish miner
His home is the wide, wide world,
For his pick is always ringing
Where the Union Jack's unfurled."

Herbert Thomas 1896

"By Ros-, Car-, Lan-, Tre-, Pol-, Pen-,
Ye may know most Cornishmen"

You can  Email me if you have any queries or would like a look up from the Registers making the word Morvah the subject line of your mail.

Morvah Parish Church

The Church was dedicated to Saint Morwetha in 1409 and built by the Knights of St John as a daughter church of Madron. Soon after it was dedicated to Saint Bridget of Sweden who formed the order of Bridgentines in 1373. The church we see today (with the exception of the tower) was rebuilt in 1828. A hymn was written for the occasion by the Rev. C V Le Grice
This well, which is about four feet square and three feet deep, lies in the corner of a field on Tregaminion farm, and is now entirely without building or protection of any kind. Near this well, in former days, stood a chapel in the same field; but no trace of this building now remains. The water is never used, but in years gone by it is said to have possessed most extraordinary healing qualities, and to have performed many miraculous cures. Tregaminion Chapel Well
Information from Ancient & Holy Wells of Cornwall 1894 Lilian M Quiller-Couch
Important Information

On this site you will find various records, articles and photographs connected to the parish either transcribed by myself or generously donated by others. Please feel free to use any of this information (with the exception of the aerial photograph of Chun Castle) in your own personal research.  All we ask is that you attribute anything that you do use back to this source.  However it must not be used for commercial purpose or gain in print, online, on CD, on DVD, or in any electronic or other format whatsoever.


Non Conformist
Baptisms 1821-28

Memorial Inscriptions (inside church)


Population Abstract 1811 for Penwith


1841 1851

1861 1871

1881 1891


Surnames Extracted from 1911 UK Census

Some Vicars & Curates of Morvah 1776-1941

Article on Henry Penneck Curate of Morvah
Cornish Wrasslin' (Wrestling)
Newspaper Article

Parish Place Names

Wills & Admons
Removal Order
Patience Daniel


Muster Rolls 1569

Hearth Tax Returns 1664


Protestation Returns

% of Signatures & Marks On Returns for Penwith Parishes

Map of Penwith c1590
Showing Morvah

Parish Map


Stories and Legends

The Hooting Carn

Penwith Life

Account of Penwith  Debtors Prison Published 1808

Account of Penzance Gaol Pubished 1804

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