St Columb Minor Cornwall Family History Guide

St Columb Minor is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall. Newquay is a chapelry of St Columb Minor.

Other places in the parish include: Trencreek.

Alternative names: St Minor Columb

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1676

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Bible Christian Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COLUMB-MINOR (St.), a parish in St. Columb district, Cornwall; on the coast, 5 miles W by S of St. Columb-Major, and 11 NNW of Grampound Road r. station. It has a fair on 9 June; and its post town is Newquay, under St. Columb, Cornwall. Acres, 5,897; of which 335 are water. Real property, £6,796. Pop., 2,067. Houses, 446. The property is much subdivided. The rocks include good shelly sandstone. A blow-hole, with a high jet of water, in certain states of the tide, is at the small harbour of Lower-St. Columb-Porth. A priory was founded at Rialton, near the church, about the end of the 15th century, by Thomas Vyvyan; and some interesting remains of it were lately extant, but are now much mutilated. Rialton gave title to the statesman, Sidney Godolphin. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £117. Patron, Lord Churston. The church is large and good; and has an old rood-loft.

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


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