St Allen

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St Allen
St Allen Church, Cornwall - - 85585.jpg
St Allen Church
St Allen is located in Cornwall
St Allen
St Allen
St Allen shown within Cornwall
Population 456 (2011)
OS grid reference SW831482
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TRURO
Postcode district TR4
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places
50°18′50″N 5°03′40″W / 50.314°N 5.061°W / 50.314; -5.061Coordinates: 50°18′50″N 5°03′40″W / 50.314°N 5.061°W / 50.314; -5.061

St Allen (Cornish: Eglosallen) is a civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The church town of St Allen is an isolated hamlet and the main settlement in the parish is Zelah which is situated on the A30 trunk road four miles (6.5 km) north of Truro .[1]

The population in the 2001 census was 435 people and the parish occupies 3,506 acres (14.19 km2) of land. The population had increased to 495 at the 2011 census.[2]


The manor of Cargoll included St Allen and it was in the possession of the bishops of Exeter from 1269 (the manor house was at Lanner). From 1287 the patrons of the living were the canons of Glasney College.).[3]

St Allen parish church was built in the Norman period but enlarged by the addition of the south aisle in the 15th century (the dedication is to St Alunus).[4] Little is known of this saint but he has been identified with the Breton bishop Alan of Quimper (fr) who came from Wales.

The 1881 English Census indicates that John Noon Munford was the Rector and living in the Rectory with his wife and two children and two servants.


There are four Cornish crosses in the parish: one at the farm of Lower Town is buried upside down in the ground; the others are defaced crosses at Tolcarn, Trefronick and Trevalsa.[5]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 54
  4. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford
  5. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 222-23 & 217-18

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