Advent, Cornwall

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Coordinates: 50°36′11″N 4°40′44″W / 50.603°N 4.679°W / 50.603; -4.679

Advent
Cornish: Sen Adhwynn
Advent Church-by-Chris-Heaton.jpg
St Adwenna's Church
Advent is located in Cornwall
Advent
Advent
 Advent shown within Cornwall
Population 153 GENUKI
OS grid reference SX 104 816
    - London 207 mi (333 km)  W
Civil parish Advent
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CAMELFORD
Postcode district PL32
Dialling code 01840
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Cornwall
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Advent (Cornish: Sen Adhwynn; Welsh: Santes Dwynwen) is a civil parish on the north-western edge of Bodmin Moor in north Cornwall, England.[1] The English name St Adwenna derives from the Cornish Adhwynn (Welsh Dwynwen) and lies in the Registration District of Camelford.

Advent is a sparsely populated rural parish. Much of the area is moorland and at the 2001 census the population was just 153.[2] It includes the hamlets of Tresinney, Pencarrow, Highertown and Watergate[3] but there is no village called Advent. The parish also encompasses several small farmstead hamlets, numerous scattered farms and Pencarrow House.[1][2][4] (Note, the Pencarrow House that is a minor stately home and open to the public, is not in the hamlet of Pencarrow in Advent Parish, it is some miles away near Bodmin.)

Tresinney hamlet lies above the River Camel, 1 mile (1.6 km) south from Camelford, and Advent parish church is north of the hamlet. Three recreational footpaths – the Watermill Walk, Camelford Way and the Moorland Walk – run through Tresinney.

The parish is bordered to the north and the east by Davidstow parish; to the south by St Breward parish; and to the north-west by the River Camel and Camelford parish.[5]

St Adwenna's Church[edit]

The Grade I listed parish church is dedicated to St Adwenna (or Dwynwen (St Dwynwen) (the Celtic patron saint of Love),[6] one of the daughters of Brychan of Brycheiniog.[2] It stands in the fields on farmland 440 yards (400m) north-east from the hamlet of Tresinney at grid reference SX 104 816.[1] The church is in the Anglican Diocese of Truro and is notable for its high, pinnacled tower which houses a ring of four bells: the greater part of the building dates from the 15th century. The south aisle was added at that time; the north transept was Early English but was rebuilt in 1870, at which time the south transept was demolished, The font is Norman, plain and circular.[7]

The ecclesiastical parish is the responsibility of the Rector of Lanteglos-by-Camelford, and Advent has been associated with Lanteglos since medieval times.

Common surnames in Advent Parish[edit]

According UK to Census:

Alford, Inch, French, Pethick, Northey, Gillard, Rowe, Bone, Bate, Baker, Scott, Prout, Kellow, Kingdon, Hole, Martyn, Elford, Ford, Wills, Hawken, Trace, Gabriel, Miller, Arnall, Browning.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  2. ^ a b c "Advent" Genuki.org.uk. Retrieved May 2010
  3. ^ Cornwall; Explore Britain
  4. ^ N.B. There is another larger Pencarrow House in Egloshayle parish.
  5. ^ Online mapping Cornwall Council. Retrieved June 2010
  6. ^ English Heritage. "Church of St Adwen, Advent (1328128)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 June 2013 .
  7. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed. Penguin Books; p. 35

External links[edit]

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