Bolventor, Cornwall Genealogy

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Guide to Bolventor, Cornwall ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Bolventor, Cornwall
Bolventor Holy Trinity redundant church.jpg
Bolventor Holy Trinity redundant church
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Lesnewth; West
County Cornwall, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Launceston
Registration District Launceston; Liskeard
Records begin
Parish registers: 1849
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Trigg Major
Diocese Exeter
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
Location of Archive
Cornwall Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BOLVENTOR, a chapelry in Altarnun and St. Neot parishes, Cornwall; 7 miles N of Liskeard railway station, and 9 SW of Launceston. [1] It was created on 24th June 1848 from parts of Altarnun, St Neot and Cardinham parishes. See Genuki for more information.

Bolventor is the location of the famous Jamaica Inn coaching inn. It is bypassed by a dual carriageway section of the A30 trunk road; before the bypass was built the village straddled the A30 road.

Daphne du Maurier, a former resident, chose Bolventor as the setting for her novel about Cornish smugglers titled Jamaica Inn. The inn that inspired the novel has stood beside the main road through the village since 1547. It is now a tourist attraction in its own right and dominates the village.

The small church (dedicated to the Holy Trinity) that lies to the east of the village closed some years ago. A mile from Bolventor there was a chapel of St Luke (from the 13th to the early 16th century): the font is now at the church of Tideford, Cornwall Genealogy. Bolventor parish was established in 1846 (before that date the village was in St Neot, Cornwall Genealogy parish) but has now been merged with Altarnun, Cornwall Genealogy.

The village is said to take its name from the "Bold Venture" that it must have appeared to build a farm in this moorland, but this is probably folk etymology, as "Bol-" is a common prefix in Cornish place names.

Holy Trinity church now redundant is a residential dwelling.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, 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[edit | edit source]

Bolventor parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

COPC = Cornwall Online Parish Clerks - free[2]
FMP = findmypast - (£)[3]
FREG = FreeREG - free[4]
FS PRs = England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010 (FamilySearch) - free[5]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[6]
Bolventor Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
COPC 1848-1913
FMP 1848-1874

FREG 1848-1901
IGI 1848-1875

Records deposited cover 1849-1979, these registers are kept at the County Record Office, County Hall, Truro TR1 3AY.

The Family History Library has parish registers from 1849-1906. Images of parish registers are available online at FamilySearch (browse only images). Images refer to Cornwall Record Office reference: P14.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks[edit | edit source]

The Bolventor section of the OPC website contains many records.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. 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

Parts of the parish bordering St Neot may be found on some census enumerations listed in Bolventor, and on other census records as part of St Neot. Therefore a family may have remained in the same place and not be found on a different census unless St Neot is also searched. There are also some with the same circumstance with Altarnun.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Launceston Poor Law Union, Cornwall Genealogy

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Bolventor in GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Adapted. Accessed 20 December 2013.
  2. 'Coverage by Parish,' Cornwall Online Parish Clerks, accessed 2 December 2013.
  3. 'Cornwall Baptisms', Find My Past, accessed 22 November 2013.
  4. 'Cornwall Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 18 November 2013.
  5. 'England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010', FamilySearch, accessed 26 November 2013.
  6. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Cornwall, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 21 November 2013.