Place:Withiel, Cornwall, England

TypeCivil parish
Coordinates50.451°N 4.819°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoPyder Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Bodmin Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1934
Wadebridge Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1934-1968
Wadebridge and Padstow Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1968-1974
Bodmin Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration area of which it was a part 1837-1930
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Withiel (Cornish: Egloswydhyel) is a civil parish and village in Cornwall, England. The name Withiel comes from the Cornish word Gwydhyel, meaning "wooded place". The parish contains the villages of Withielgoose, Retire and Tregawne; the parish had a total population of about 300 in 1824.

The parish church, dedicated to St Clement, is in the village of Withiel and dates back to the 13th century. At Ruthernbridge is an early 15th-century bridge with two pointed arches over the Ruthern. The hamlet here was until 1933 a halt on the Bodmin to Wadebridge railway line.

Notable people from the parish include Sir Bevil Grenville (1596–1643), a Royalist soldier in the English Civil War

Withiel was part of the Bodmin Rural District from 1894 until 1934 and located in Wadebridge Rural District from 1934 until 1968. In 1968 Wadebridge Rural District was expanded and became Wadebridge and Padstow Rural District from 1968 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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