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St Columb Minor, Cornwall

Historical Description

Columb-Minor, St, a parish in Cornwall, on the coast, 5 miles W by S of St Columb-Major, and 2 from Newquay station on the G.W.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.) Acreage, 5780 of land and 811 of tidal water and foreshore; population, 3056. The rocks include good shelly sandstone. A blow-hole, with a high jet of water in certain states of the tide, is at the small harbour of Lower St Columb-Porth. A priory was founded at Rialton, near the church, about the end of the 15th century, by Thomas Vyvyan, and some interesting remains of it were lately extant, but are now much mutilated. Rialton gave title to the statesman, Sidney Godolphin. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; net value, £250. Patron, Lord Churston. The church is large and good; it was thoroughly restored in 1887. Newquay, the well-known watering-place and health resort, is in this parish. See NEWQUAY.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCornwall 
Ecclesiastical parishSt. Columb St. Columb 
Poor Law unionSt. Columb Major 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at St Columb Minor 1560-1812, Cornwall is available to browse online.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for St Columb Minor from the following:


Online maps of St Columb Minor are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cornwall papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR7
Post TownNewquay