St Endellion

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St Endellion
Cornish: Sen Endelyn
St Endellion is located in Cornwall
St Endellion
St Endellion
 St Endellion shown within Cornwall
Population 987 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid reference SW997786
Civil parish St Endellion
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PORT ISAAC
Postcode district PL29
Dialling code 01208
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Cornwall
List of places

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St Endellion (Cornish: Sen Endelyn) is a civil parish and village in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village and parish church are situated four miles (6.5 km) north of Wadebridge.[1]

The parish takes its name from Saint Endelienta, who is said to have evangelized the district in the fifth century and to have been one of the children of King Brychan. Two wells near the village are named after her.

An electoral ward exists, which includes Portreath and Rock, with a population at the 2011 census of 3268.[2]

Geography and topography

Bournonite on dolomite

St Endellion is the Type Locality for the minerals Bournonite (also known as Endellione or Endellionite) and Barstowite.

St Endellion 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.

The houses at Roscarrock and Tresungers are listed buildings: at Roscarrock part of the medieval house remains (it is Listed Grade I); Tresungers farmhouse was built in the late 16th century.[3] The Roscarrock family included Nicholas Roscarrock.

Parish church

The parish church of St Endelienta stands beside the road to Wadebridge and is a large building of the 15th century in Perpendicular style. It contains some fine examples of carving in stone and wood. From an unknown date in the 13th century, it has been a collegiate church with four prebends. It somehow escaped abolition in 1545 and continues to the present day: one of the prebendaries is the Rector, and the others usually incumbents of nearby parishes. A new ecclesiastical parish at Port Isaac was created out of the parish in 1913.[4]

Annual events

Music festivals are held at Easter and at the end of July: they have been held in the summer since 1959 and at Easter since 1974.[5][6] Some of the musicians involved formed the Endellion Quartet.

Notable people

  • Nicholas Roscarrock, of Roscarrock in the parish (ca. 1548–1634) left an account of the lives of the saints including about 100 from Devon and Cornwall.[7]
  • Florence Cameron. On 25 August 2010 it was announced that the British Prime Minister, David Cameron and his wife Samantha had named their newborn daughter "Florence Rose Endellion" after the village,[8] reflecting the fact she was born while the Cameron family were holidaying in Cornwall.[9][10]
  • Robert Boheathland, Jamestown Colonist
  • Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, was installed as a prebend at St Endellion Church by the Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton.[11]

Notable others

St. Endellion is also a brie style cheese, made at the village of Trevarrian near Newquay, cream enriched and hand-made using only Cornish milk and cream. The cheese is made by Cornish Country Larder, a firm founded by John Gaylard in the mid-1990s and still a family run concern. The cheese has won many notable awards.[12]


  1. Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  2. "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 13 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Pevsner, Nikolaus (1970) Cornwall, 2nd. ed. Penguin Books
  4. Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford, pp. 89–91
  5. "Endellion Music festivals website". St Endellion Festival. Retrieved 2007-11-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  6. Potter, Jean M. (ed.) (1979) St Endellion: the story of a festival. [St Endellion: Festival, 1979]
  7. [1]
  8. Full name: Florence Rose Endellion Cameron; born at Truro
  9. "Cameron 'proud dad' after wife Samantha has baby girl". BBC News. BBC. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Camerons reveal daughter's name". BBC News. BBC. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Former Archbishop of Canterbury installed as Endellion church prebend". BBC News. BBC. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Cornish Country Larder Ltd website

External links

Media related to St Endellion at Wikimedia Commons