Altarnon is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall. The modern name of Altarnun is a corruption of the earlier Altarnon.

Alternative names: Alternon, Alternun, Altarnun, Altarnun

Other places in the parish include: Bowithwick.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Nunn; St. Nonna

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1610
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1611

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Parishes adjacent to Altarnon

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALTERNON, or Altarnun, a parish and a subdistrict in the district of Launceston, Cornwall. The parish lies round the head-streams of the rivers Inny and Lynher, 8 miles WSW of Launceston, and 12 N of Doublebois r. station. It has a post office under Launceston. Acres, 15,014. Real property, £6,272. Pop., 1,389. Houses, 279. The property is much subdivided. Much of the land is very poor or barren. The minerals include granite, hornblende, and stream-tin. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £320. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is a fine building, and has the highest tower in Cornwall, except that of Probus. St. Nunn, the mother of St. David of Wales, is said to have been buried here; and Jowle, the clerk in the time of Charles II., died at the age of 150. There are chapels for Wesleyan Methodists and Bible Christians. Charities, £6. The subdistrict comprises 4 parishes. Acres, 22,489. Pop., 2,496. Houses, 501.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Alternon, 6 m. S.W. Launceston. P. 1334

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ALTERNON (St. Nunn), a parish, in the union of Launceston, hundred of Lesnewth, E. division of Cornwall, 7¾ miles (W. S. W.) from Launceston; containing 1334 inhabitants. The parish comprises 12,039 acres, of which 4174 are common or waste. Fairs are held at Five-Lanes, in the parish, on the Monday after June 24th, and the first Tuesday in November. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £18. 5.; net income, £320; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Sleep Samuel, Altarnun, Cornwall, linen draper, March 24, 1840.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Historical Records

FamilySearch Catalog


Census returns for Alternon, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Alternon, 1679-1804 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Alternon (Cornwall)

Church records for Alternon Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1846-1996 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church (Alternon, Cornwall)

England, Cornwall, Altarnon, bishop’s transcripts, 1596-1843 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Alternon (Cornwall); Devon Record Office (Exeter)

England, Cornwall, Alternon, parish registers, 1837-1906 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Alternon (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

England, Cornwall, Bolventor, parish registers, 1849-1906 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Bolventor (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Parish chest materials, 1729-1862 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Alternon (Cornwall)

Parish registers for Alternon, 1610-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Alternon (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Parish registers for Bolventor, 1849-1979 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Bolventor (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Transcripts of parish registers and Bishop’s transcripts, 1610-1837 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Alternon (Cornwall)

Computer printout of Altarnun, Cornwall, England

Parish of Altarnun Author: Ivall, Dennis Endean; Thompson, Gillian; Ivall, Dennis Endean, Mrs.


Court roll, 1529-1530 Author: Manor of Tredawle. Court (Cornwall)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Poor law records, 1752-1831 Author: Alternon (Cornwall)


England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

Cornwall Parish Register Index


Cornwall Burials A-Z index of surnames of people buried in Cornwall

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Cornwall OPC

The Cornwall OPC parish page forAltarnon has a wealth of information for the parish including an online searchable database of parish registers.

Other records from Cornwall OPC include:

Apprenticeship Indentures:

25 Jun 1752, Thomas SMITH to William NOTTLE

4 Jun 1757, James VENNING to Katherine LAWS

4 Feb 1760, John MITCHELL to Robart NOTTLE

7 Jan 1765, George STEVENS to Richard TINNER

29 Apr 1765, Joseph DOWNING to George VENNING

2 Feb 1770, Elizabeth HENDER to John WILLIAMS

8 Sep 1772, Dorothy HERRING to Henry HOSKIN

8 Sep 1772, Elizabeth HERRING to Charles GIN

8 Sep 1772, Mary HENDER to Christopher EDGCOMBE

8 Sep 1772, Moses STEPHENS to George VENNING

29 Apr 1773, Grace JASPER to John POPLESTONE

29 Apr 1773, John JASPER to Thomas NICHOLS

27 Apr 1774, Mary HERRING to John DENNIS

23 Jan 1776, Mary HARFOOT to Philip COOMBE

10 Apr 1776, Richard WHALE to John VENNING

30 May 1777, Mary BATH to Jonathan HARVEY

8 Sep 1777, Ann SLEEP to Henry CORAM

4 May 1778, Elizabeth WADGE to Charles BURNETT

3 Apr 1780, William SAUNDERCOCK to Charles GINN

3 Jun 1782, Jennifer WADGE to Richard BURDEN

11 Aug 1783, Elizabeth MITCHELL to Richard SLOGGETT  

18 May 1785, Joseph BRAY to Thomas WHALE

11 Apr 1787, Elizabeth BOUNDY to John PETHICK

13 Oct 1789, William DOWNING to William WEVILL

6 May 1794, Joseph DOWNING to George VENNING

6 May 1794, Mary GABRIEL to Joseph DUNN

6 May 1794, John COOK to Daniel VENNING

6 May 1794, John HERRING to John HERRING

7 Apr 1795, Joseph GABRIEL to Thomas WESTLAKE

26 Apr 1797, Elizabeth DOWNING to John BROWN

24 Apr 1800, Mary NORTHY to Arthur PETER

16 Apr 1821, Richard SPEAR to William STEPHENS

7 Oct 1822, John DENNIS to Edmund Herring LAFFER

Bastardy Documents:

16 Jun 1755, Jone MARK, Antoney, Robert and William GIMBLET

30 Jul 1760, Geare BASTARD, Arthur, William and Richard HERRING

30 Jun 1764, Charity MATTHEW, Walter & Edward OKE

19 Sep 1765, Grace COCK, William & Benjamin GABRIEL

31 May 1796, Catherine BURNARD & Charles HERRING

19 Jun 1797, Ann SLEEP & Charles JENKINS

25 Jul 1825, Mary ROWE

06 Jan 1835, Mary DOWNING (Altarnun) & Thomas DUNN (Altarnun)

Coroners’ Inquests:

1852 Elizabeth Ann HARVEY

1852 Edward STEPHENS

1855 Elizabeth MITCHELL

1860 Elizabeth Ann MICHELL

1861 Keturah WADGE

1866 Mary Jane JAGO

Settlement Documents:

28 Jun 1714, John & Elizabeth NILLE (& St Columb Minor)

16 Jul 1752, Nicholas & Margaret DAW & family (& St Neot)

3 Jan 1753, Degory & Mary ROGERS & family (& Tresmeer)

8 Apr 1757, William COOKE (& Lanteglos by Camelford)

28 Apr 1757, William SPEAR (& Lewannick)

23 Jan 1758, William & Rebekah KESTLE & sons (& Gulval)

25 Apr 1758, Philippa RICHARDS (& Perranuthnoe)

24 Mar 1762, John & Jane GABRIEL & dau (& St Clether)

18 May 1767, Joseph & Mary COOKE & family (& Laneast)

23 May 1767, George HAWKE & dau Elizabeth (& Tremaine)

28 May 1778, Richard & Elizabeth HILL (& St Cleer)

8 Apr 1779, Ralph SHILLABEER

8 Apr 1779, Peter TENNEY

14 Oct 1782, Jane DAVIS (& Redruth)

3 Nov 1785, Elizabeth JACKETT (& Launceston St Mary)

2 Jun 1788, Joseph HAMBLY & children (& Lanivet)

24 Dec 1819, John & Anna Maria PROUT (& Lewannick)

29 Sep 1821, William & Grace BRAY & child (& St Cleer)

24 Apr 1824, Mary Johns DAWE (& St Clether)

12 Jan 1848, John & Mary BRAY (& St Cleer)

08 Jan 1852, Wife and children of William STACEY (St. Gennys & Alternun – RCG report of appeal)

Voters Lists:








1641 John HAYE the elder, proved 1649

1698 William HAWKE

1612 Richard HARRYE

1614 John HAYDEN

1614 Thomas HODGE

1616 Edward HARDY

1621 Thomas HAWK

1639 William HAY

1639 Thomas HAWKE, admin only

1639 John HODGE

1646 Degory HEYDONE, proved 1647

1646 Agned/Agnis HODGE, proved 1647

1647 Siscely HAM

1651 George BLIGH


1654 John HICKS

1656 John HOOPER

1657 Sille WHITWAY

1658 Henry WILLIAMS

1659 Thomas JEFFRYE

1738 Christopher VENNING


1746 George HEALE

1746 John LAWS

1747 John HICKES, proved 1760

1747 Jane SOPER

1747 William SPEAR/SPARE

1748 William HAMLEY

1748 Nevil NORTHY

1748 Mary SLADE

1749 Henry LAFFER

1752 Grace SPARE

1754 John LAWS

1766 Edmund BENNETT

1779 George VENNING, proved 1786

1814 John VENNING

1854 Thomas REYNOLDS, admin only


Historical Maps


  • County: Cornwall
  • Civil Registration District: Launceston
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Trigg Major
  • Poor Law Union: Launceston
  • Hundred: Lesnewth
  • Province: Canterbury

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