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St Petroc's Church, Trevalga
Grid reference: SX082900
Location: 50°40’41"N, 4°43’1"W
Population: 71  (2011)
Post town: Boscastle
Postcode: PL35
Dialling code: 01840
Local Government
North Cornwall

Trevalga is a tiny village on the wild, craggy north coast of Cornwall, with the open Atlantic Ocean to the north. It is to be found just to the northeast of Tintagel and southwest of Boscastle.

The village of Trevalga is abou 500 yards 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. 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 on social networking to save the hamlet.

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

Trevalga is within the 'Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', as is almost a third of the county.

About the village

The parish church is dedicated to St Petroc. 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.[4]

Also in the parish is Trehane Barton (in its present form a farmhouse dating from 1743.

There was formerly a slate quarry and a silver lead mine in the parish.

Outside links

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about Trevalga)


  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 - This is Cornwall
  4. Palmer, W. S. Cave (1930) Souvenir of the Parish and Church of Trevalga. Trevalga: [the Author]