St Minver

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St Minver
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St Enodoc Church
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Perceval Institute
St Minver is located in Cornwall
St Minver
St Minver
Location within Cornwall
Population2,393 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid referenceSW 965 771
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL27
Dialling code01208
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°33′32″N 4°52′26″W / 50.559°N 4.874°W / 50.559; -4.874Coordinates: 50°33′32″N 4°52′26″W / 50.559°N 4.874°W / 50.559; -4.874

St Minver (Cornish: Sen Menvra) is the name of an ecclesiastical parish, a civil parish and a village in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

The civil parish of St Minver is in Bodmin Registration District and is nominally divided into St Minver Highlands (to the north and east) and St Minver Lowlands (to the west).

The combined parish is bounded on the south and west by the estuary of the River Camel, on the north by the Atlantic coast, and on the east by the parishes of St Endellion and St Kew.[1] The population of the parish in the 2001 census was 2,474 (St Minver Highlands 1025; St Minver Lowlands 1449) decreasing to 2,393 at the 2011 census.[2]


The principal villages in the combined parish are the churchtown of St Minver, Rock, Trebetherick and Polzeath. Other settlements include Tredrizzick, Penmean, Splatt, Porthilly, Pityme and Trevanger.

St Minver village is centred on a small square at the crossroads of two unclassified roads. It is situated 3 miles (5 kilometres) north of Wadebridge a few hundred yards west of the B3314 Wadebridge to Delabole road.

There is a holiday park formerly of the Haven brand situated on the edge of the village.


The village of St Minver and its surrounding area is dominated by the tall spire of St Menefreda's church (the parish church) named after Saint Menwreda (variously St Mynfreda or St Minefreda, the origin of the present day name St Minver) who was one of the 24 children of St Brychan, a Welsh king. In the church is the brass of Roger Opy, 1517.[3]

There are two other churches in the parish, both in St Minver Lowlands.

  • St Enodoc church is situated between Rock and Trebetherick at grid reference SW 931 772. It was built on towans (coastal sand dunes) in the fifteenth century and gradually became buried by the shifting sands. It was restored in the 1860s and now stands incongruously in the middle of a golf course. John Betjeman, the former poet laureate is buried in the churchyard.
  • St Michael's church stands on the south shore of Porthilly Cove, an inlet of the River Camel just south of Rock, at SW 936 753. This church was also substantially restored in the 1860s.

Quaker Meeting House and burial grounds[edit]

There was formerly a meeting-house in this parish, with a cemetery belonging to the Quakers. The walled Quaker burial ground at grid reference SW 955 778 near Treglines was used between 1665 and 1742 and twenty-eight burials are recorded.[4] The ground contains no headstones - only trees.

A small biographical tract was published in 1709, entitled A Brief Narration of the Life, Service, and Sufferings, of That Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, John Peters; Who Departed This Life, in the 63d Year of His Age; On the 11th Day of the 7th Month, 1708, and was Buried in Friends Burying-Place at Minver in the County of Cornwall, the 13th of the same. Together with the Testimonies of His relations and other Faithful Friends, concerning his Christian example in the Church of Christ. London: Printed and sold by T. Sowle, in White-Hart Court in Gracious-Street, 1709.[5] This person was steward to the Carew family at Roserrow.[6] The walls of the burial ground have been listed by English Heritage.[7]


  1. ^ Sir John Maclean "Parochial and Family History of the Parish of St. Menefreda"; p. 4, 1876
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Dunkin, E. (1882) Monumental Brasses. London: Spottiswoode
  4. ^ Kelly's Directory 1939 Description of St Minver, Cornwall P238 to 240
  5. ^ Copies in Friends House Library and Cornwall Quaker Library
  6. ^ Daniel Lysons & Samuel Lysons 'Parishes: Mevagissey - Mullion', Magna Britannia: volume 3: Cornwall (1814), pp. 227-244. Date accessed: 16 October 2009.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1211540)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 May 2011.

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