Place:Altarnun, Cornwall, England

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NameAltarnun
Alt namesAlternonsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates50.617°N 4.5°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoLesnewth Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Launceston Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Altarnun is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England. It is located on the north-eastern edge of Bodmin Moor.

The parish of Altarnun includes the village of Fivelanes and the hamlets of Bolventor, Treween and Trewint, and had a population of 976 according to the 2001 census. Other hamlets in the parish are Bowithick, Palmersbridge, South Carne, Tolborough, Lower Tregunnon, and Tredaule. The area of the parish is 15,018 acres (60.78 km2), the largest in Cornwall.

The moorland area of the parish is large and lies west of the village towards Rough Tor and southwards towards Dozmary Pool. There is a large conifer plantation at Wilsey Down Forest (Halvana Plantation). The village is in the valley of the Penpont Water and the parish is divided by the A30 trunk road which passes through Fivelanes which was once an important stopping place for stage coaches.

Altarnun was part of the Launceston Rural District from 1894 until 1974.

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 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 organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century plus excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes and reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960.
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