The Parish of Gwinear is situated in the Eastern Division of the Hundred of Penwith. To the north is the Parish of Gwithian with Camborne also in the north going around to the East. Crowan is to the East going around to the south of Gwinear Parish, with St. Erth and Phillack both lying to the west. Gwinear Parish consists of 4,647 acres and was formerly a very important mining parish. The Gwinear Church stands on an elevated part of the parish and is dedicated to St. Winnierus and the living is held by Exeter College and has been since 1261. Villages within the Parish were Churchtown, Cos-winsausin, Drannock, Fraddam, Tregortha, Rewala, Relistian, Carnhill Green, and Wall. Wesleyan Methodist Chapels could be found at Carnhill Green, Wall and Conner Downs. There was also at one time 5 Manors which held land in the Parish they being Connerton, Drannick, Gurlyn, Polkinghorne, and Roseworthy.
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Farmland near Gwinear, Cornwall
Farmland near Gwinear
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Parish Records:

Baptisms: - Their are two other sources for transcriptions. The first is with the Cornwall OPC database which is searchable by name. The second is the Family Search website in the Records section which is searchable by name and one can also retrieve all baptisms by entering one of the following, in the batch number box. C025711 or C025712 and press enter. These entries are actual extractions from the Parish Records.

Transcriptions on this site - 1560 to 1599 -- 1600 to 1699 -- 1700 to 1799 -- 1800 to 1825 -- 1890 to 1910

Marriages: - Phillimore's also completed Marriage Transcripts for Mawgan and images of the actual pages can be found on the UK Genealogy Archives. This covers the period from 1560 up to 1812. The Cornwall OPC database is the other major source for transcriptions. Lookups are also offered for marriages 1813 to 1837 on the Cornish Volunteer Lookup Library. (see below)

Transcriptions on this site - 1700 to 1775

Burials: - As with marriages above, both Family Search and Cornwall OPC databases can be searched. For batch numbers follow the link below for Parish Registers. So far I have transcibed from 1656 to 1688 and 1700 to 1799 and they can be accessed from the link below.

1560 to 1599 --1600 to 1699 -- 1700 to 1799 -- 1800 to 1899 -- From 1900

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BDM Certificates:

Civil Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages began in England from July of 1837. Copies of certificates can be obtained from two sources, the central archive maintained by the General Register Office (GRO) or the Cornwall Registration Service. The information required to obtain a copy of a certificate is explained in detail.. Also visit Mark Howells website for more information on ordering certificates and check Barbara Dixon's Tutorials for details on what information appears on birth, death and marriage certificates

Census Records:

There is a large volunteer project called "FreeCen" with the goal of publishing online for free access, transcripts of all the English Census Records. The Cornwall section of this country wide project was completed in 2008 and census transcripts for Gwinear may be accessed for the following years: 1841 - 1851 (first part) 1851 (2nd part) - 1861 - 1871 (first part, scroll down) 1871 (second part) - 1881 (scroll down) - 1891

The 1901 and 1911 census both have their own webpages online and are searchable, although to get full access requires membership and fees to be paid.

Digital images of various census records are available from "Archive CD Books" who have put many of these records onto CD's through an agreement with "The National Archives" (formerly, The Public Record Office). Do visit there website for details on purchasing these CD's. Also available from (requires subscription, annual or monthly) are images for download of the original census pages

Links to other Records and Information:

Check out the Cornish Volunteer lookup library for the services as mentioned above and other Cornish Records.

A list of "Wills & Admons for Gwinear, Cornwall 1660 - 1773" has been prepared by Kathy Weigel along with many other Cornwall Parishes. Also check her Cornish database page.

For a look at modern day Gwinear, visit - Cornwall Guide - Gwinear

Genuki Cornwall - Gwinear may also have further information

Gwinear Church Bell Ringers - Some history and legend

Gwinear Parish Church - History, Information and list of Vicars.

A modern day map of Gwinear - Google maps

The OPC Webpage for Cornwall - Lists all the OPC's and links to any that are online.

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