Advent, Cornwall

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Advent Church-by-Chris-Heaton.jpg
St Adwenna's Church
Advent is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
Population189 GENUKI
OS grid referenceSX 104 816
• London207 mi (333 km) W
Civil parish
  • Advent
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL32
Dialling code01840
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°36′11″N 4°40′44″W / 50.603°N 4.679°W / 50.603; -4.679Coordinates: 50°36′11″N 4°40′44″W / 50.603°N 4.679°W / 50.603; -4.679

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. This increased to 189 at the 2011 census.[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. In a field on the west side of the parish church stands a tall and elegant Cornish cross.[5]

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.[6]

St Adwenna's Church[edit]

The Grade I listed parish church is dedicated to St Adwen,[7] one of the daughters of King Brychan of Brycheiniog,[2] often conflated with St Dwynwen, the patron saint of Love. The church stands in 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.[8]

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 to the UK 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.


  1. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  2. ^ a b c "Advent" Retrieved 6 February 2015
  3. ^ Cornwall; Explore Britain
  4. ^ N.B. There is another larger Pencarrow House in Egloshayle parish.
  5. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; p. 55
  6. ^ Online mapping Archived 5 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine Cornwall Council. Retrieved June 2010
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Adwen, Advent (1328128)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  8. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed. Penguin Books; p. 35

Further reading[edit]

  • Maclean, John (1872–79) The Parochial and Family History of the Deanery of Trigg Minor. 3 vols. London: Nichols & Son

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