Altarnun, Cornwall Genealogy

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Parish History

Altarnun (Cornish: Alternonn),St Nonna is located on the north-eastern edge of Bodmin Moor  at Ordnance Survey grid reference SX223811.

The parish of Altarnun includes the village of Fivelanes and the hamlets of Bolventor, Treween and Trewint.

The church of St Nonna is also known as the Cathedral of the Moor and is the largest Moor parishh church. It is a building largely of the 15th century in the Perpendicular style, with a tower 109 ft high. It is notable for the fine Norman font and the amount of old woodwork, including the screen, bench-ends and communion rails which date to 1684. The screen is one of the finest 15th century examples in Cornwall; it has three gates and the cornice of vines and tracery and vaulting are finely carved. The 79 bench-end carvings were executed by Robert Daye between 1510 and 1530 (Pevsner attributes them to 1524 or later) and portray a range of subjects including a Cornish piper and fiddler (Daye's name is given on one but the date is illegible). Also, one of the damaged pew ends was repaired to its former glory by the late local master joiner Douglas Edwards in the 1980s. The dedication is to Saint Non or Nonna, who was the mother of St David.

Neighbouring Parishes

Bolventor, Cornwall  Davidstow, Cornwall  Laneast, Cornwall  Lewannick, Cornwall North Hill, Cornwall   

St Breward, Cornwall  St Cleer, Cornwall  St Clether, Cornwall  Trewen, Cornwall


Civil Registration

Births, marriages, and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is Free BMD

Church records

Records available through the Family History Library are as follows: Church of England parish registers: 1688-1992; Church of England Chapelry of Bolventor registers 1849-1979; Church of England transcripts of parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts 1610-1837; Parish chest materials, 1729-1862. Church records for Alternon Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1846-1996.

Church records indexes for Alternon parish are also available.

Original registers are deposited at the Cornwall Record Office, County Hall, Truro TRI  3AY. These deposited original registers cover the time period 1610-1980. 

Images of parish registers are available online at FamilySearch under Records (formerly Record Search). Images refer to Cornwall County Record Office reference: P4

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource is the Cornwall Online Parish Clerks page for the parish

Census records


Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Cornwall Online Census Project

Poor Law Unions

Launceston Poor Law Union

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [county] Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdiction by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

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