St Minver

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St Minver
Cornish: Sen Menvra
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St Enodoc Church
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Perceval Institute
St Minver is located in Cornwall
St Minver
St Minver
 St Minver shown within Cornwall
Population 2,393 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid reference SW 965 771
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PL27
Dialling code 01208
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Cornwall
List of places

Coordinates: 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.


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 to 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 Narrative of the Life and Sufferings of John Peters, a quaker, "who was buried in the quakers' burying ground at St Minver on 7 July 1708:[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]


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