Place:St. Breward, Cornwall, England

NameSt. Breward
Alt namesSimonwardsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates50.559°N 4.691°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoTrigg Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Camelford Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Camelford Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1837-1995
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

St. Breward (Cornish: S. Bruwerd) is a civil parish and village in Cornwall, England. It is on the western side of Bodmin Moor, about 6 miles (10 km) north of Bodmin.

The parish name derives from Saint Branwalader. Until the 19th century it was commonly known by the corrupt form of the name: Simonward. There were in the mediaeval period three chapels in the parish: at Hamatethy the manorial chapel of the Peverells, St Michael's Chapel, Roughtor, and another at Chaple. Thomas Taylor the historian was vicar here and edited the parish registers.

In the 17th century St. Breward was two separate villages, Churchtown (higher) and St. Breward (lower). More houses were built and slowly the villages merged into one. There are several main parts to the village: Churchtown, Rylands, Row, Limehead, Wenford, Penvorder, Higher Penquite and Lower Penquite. A Vision of Britain through Time mentions Lanke or Lank as a place located in the parish. All italicized places have been redirected here.

The bridge and hamlet of Wenfordbridge lies on the River Camel at the boundary of St Breward parish with the neighbouring parish of St. Tudy. The parish includes a moorland area which contains the hills Rough Tor and Brown Willy, whose peak is the highest point in Cornwall.

St. Breward was part of the Camelford 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 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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