St Columb Major Cornwall Family History Guide

St Columb Major is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Cornwall.

Other places in the parish include: Indian Queens, Talskiddy, and Blackcross.

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Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1539
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1614

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist, Independent/Congregational, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COLUMB-MAJOR (St.), a small town and a parish in St. Columb district, Cornwall. The town stands on an eminence, the reputed site of a Danish fort, on the left side of the river Trent, 9 miles NW of St. Austell r. station, and 14 NNE of Truro. It consists chiefly of one good street; contains some good new Gothic houses; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; and has a head post office, of the name of St. Columb, Cornwall, a banking office, two chief inns, a market-house, a parish church, five dissenting chapels, and a workhouse. One of the inns was kept by Polkinhorne, the famous wrestler. The church is chiefly of the 13th century; presents features of much beauty; consists of aisled nave, aisled chancel, and a transept, with pinnacled tower; and has a curious font, and monuments of the Hoblyns, the Vyvyaus, the Bealinges, the Pendarvises, and the Arundels. A college for six priests stood adjacent to the church, and was destroyed by accidental fire in 1701. A weekly market is held on Thursday; and fairs on the Thursday after Mid-Lent Sunday, and after 12 Nov. The parish comprises 12,697 acres. Real property, £14,153. Pop., 2,879. Houses, 587. The property is sub-divided-Granite, felspar, tin, copper, cobalt, and bismuth are found. The ancient camp, called Castle-an-Dinas, is 2 miles SE of the town; and there are several Druidical monuments. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £1,515. Patron, the Rev. Dr. Walker. Charities, £50. Bislhop Arundel, who died in 1504, was a native.

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

Parish Records

Parish Registers

St Columb Major Parish Registers 1539 to 1780 - View and Download Free


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Cornwall
  • Civil Registration District: St Columb
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Pydar
  • Poor Law Union: St Columb Major
  • Hundred: Pyder
  • Province: Canterbury