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Trevalga- St Petrocs church (geograph 2452450).jpg
St Petroc's Church
Ruins of Trevalga Mill
Trevalga is located in Cornwall
Trevalga shown within Cornwall
Population71 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid referenceSX082900
Civil parish
  • Trevalga
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL35
Dialling code01840
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°40′41″N 4°43′01″W / 50.678°N 4.717°W / 50.678; -4.717Coordinates: 50°40′41″N 4°43′01″W / 50.678°N 4.717°W / 50.678; -4.717

Trevalga (Cornish: Trevelgi) is a coastal civil parish and village in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The parish is bounded on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south-east by Forrabury and Minster parish and on the west by Tintagel parish.

The village of Trevalga lies 500 metres from the coast on the seaward side of the road from Boscastle to Tintagel. Unusually, the village is part of an estate owned by Marlborough College, a public school in Wiltshire. The estate has been held by the college in trust since 1961 under a bequest of the last Lord of Trevalga Manor, Gerald Curgenven (died 1959). This was to ensure its preservation from development and allow local families to remain there. However, in 2010, the college was told that it was breaking charity law by owning a hamlet, and thereafter placed the entire estate on the market (the legality of this is being disputed by the Trustees and Tenants of the estate and the sale has been suspended until this is resolved).[1][2] This situation has caused understandable concern amongst the tenants, and other inhabitants, about the future of the village.[3] Thereafter, protests and petitions were set up, using the social networking website Facebook in an attempt to save the hamlet.[4] There was formerly a slate quarry and a silver lead mine in the parish.

Trevalga is mentioned in the song Black and Gold along with other places nearby.

Trevalga lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

Notable buildings[edit]

The village church is also the parish church and is dedicated to St Petroc. Also in the parish is Trehane Barton (in its present form a farmhouse dating from 1743). The church was built in the 12th and 13th centuries (the tower being later than the nave and chancel). After restoration work the church was reopened in 1875. For many years it has been a member of the Boscastle Group of Anglican parishes.[5][6]

There is an early Cornish cross in the churchyard.[7]

At the southeastern corner of the parish of Trevalga is Trevalga Mill, a ruined eighteenth century water mill. The mill lies in fields next to the Trevillet River and would have been used first for grinding corn then perhaps also worsted.


  1. ^ College plan to sell sparks battle at Trevalga
  2. ^ "Cornwall's Trevalga Estate sale suspended". BBC. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  3. ^ College plan to sell sparks battle at Trevalga
  4. ^ Trevalga on Facebook
  5. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed., edited by Enid Radcliffe. Penguin Books
  6. ^ Palmer, W. S. Cave (1930) Souvenir of the Parish and Church of Trevalga. Trevalga: [the Author]
  7. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; p. 50

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