Place:Bodmin, Cornwall, England

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NameBodmin
Alt namesBodminesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 59
TypeTown, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates50.483°N 4.717°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoTrigg Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred of which it was a part
Bodmin Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1934
Bodmin Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration area of which it was a part 1837-1930
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Bodmin is a civil parish and major town in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated in the centre of the county southwest of Bodmin Moor.

The extent of the civil parish corresponds fairly closely to that of the town so is mostly urban in character. It is bordered to the east by Cardinham parish, to the southeast by Lanhydrock parish, to the southwest and west by Lanivet parish, and to the north by Helland parish.

Bodmin has a population of 12,778 (2001 census). It was formerly the county town of Cornwall until the Crown Courts moved to Truro which is also the administrative centre (before 1835 the county town was Launceston). Bodmin was in the administrative North Cornwall District until local government reorganisation in 2009 abolished the District (see also Politics of Cornwall#Cornwall Council). The town is part of the North Cornwall parliamentary constituency, which is represented by Dan Rogerson MP.

Bodmin Town Council is made up of 16 councillors who are elected to serve a term of four years. Each year, the Council elects one of its number as Mayor to serve as the town's civic leader and to chair council meetings.

Bodmin was established as a municipal borough in 1835 and continued to be so until the municipal reorganization of 1974. Prior to 1835 it was an "ancient borough" in the Trigg Hundred. In 1934 the rural district for the surrounding area, named Bodmin Rural District, was abolished and part of Bodmin Civil Parish which had been part of the rural district was absorbed into the borough.

Research Tips

One of the many maps available on A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Cornwall at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets.

The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases.

  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Cornwall as well as providing 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
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