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Constantine (Cornish: Lanngostentin) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. In 1869, it was bounded on the east by Budock and Mawnan, on the south by Helford Creek, which separates it from Manaccan, St Martins and Mawgan-in-Meneage, and on the west and north by Wendron, Stithians and Mabe. The parish is named after its patron, Saint Constantin. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Saint Constantin.
Constantine Churchtown is a well-built village seated on the brow of a hill in the midst of open country. Villages and hamlets in the parish include: Gweek, Seworgan, Brill, Port Navas, Budock Vean and Helford Passage.
Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)
The Constantine Heritage Centre is at:
The Tolmen Centre,
Falmouth TR11 5AA
Telephone 01326 341353.
Census information for this parish (1841 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members.
Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:
- The 1841 Census of Constantine (HO107/136) (Enumeration Districts 1 to 4), is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- The 1841 census for this parish has also been filmed by the LDS church - film No. 241260.
- The 1851 Census of Constantine (HO107/1911) (Enumeration Districts 3a, 3b, 3c and 3d), is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- The New Zealand Society of Genealogists have compiled separate surname indexes of the 1851 Census for each Cornish registration district; Constantine is listed in Volume 23. The booklets are available in Cornwall at the Cornwall Centre, (formerly known as the Cornish Studies Library), and is also available in the Cornwall FHS Library.
- 1861. The 1861 Census of Constantine (RG9/1568), (Enumeration Districts 3 to 6 (including shipping)), is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1871. The 1871 Census of Constantine (RG10/2298) is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project as follows:
- 1881. The 1881 Census of Constantine (RG11/2320), Enumeration Districts 3 to 6, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1891. The 1891 Census of Constantine (RG12/1838) is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project as follows:
- Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SW7329 and was dedicated to St Constantinus. It comprises a chancel, nave, south aisle, north aisle, and an extreme north or Bosarne aisle. The arcades are of native granite supported on monolith pillars; the south arcade has six pointed arches, the north seven, and the extreme north three. A part of this last aisle was screened off for a vestry. Besides the south porch, there is a priest's entrance and a north door. The tower is of three stages and buttressed, the buttresses terminating in statues. The pinnacles are pannelled with Gothic tracery, and the uppermost stringcourse of the tower is ornamented with quadrefoils.
The church was given to the dean and chapter of Exeter by Peter Quivil, the Bishop, on 21st July 1285.
- Non-Conformist. There was a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, built in 1835, the front of which is well-wrought granite ashlar. Near the Churchtown was another chapel belonging to the Bible Christians.
- LDS Church Records.
- CRO Record Holdings. The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1571 - 1943, Burials 1562 - 1911, Marriages 1571 - 1974, Boyd's Marriage Index 1571 - 1812, Pallot's Marriage Index 1800 - 1812.
- The OPC has placed on-line baptisms at Constantine as follows:
- Baptisms in the parish 1664 to 1772 (Bishop's Transcripts), and 1788 to 1901 (parish transcripts, with gaps) are also available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
- The Cornish Forefathers' Society have published on CD baptisms 1741 to 1843 for this parish and these are available for purchse from Parish Chest.
- Banns in the parish 1754 to 1804 are available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
- The OPC has placed on-line banns at Constantine as follows:
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Marriages 1571 to 1837, which is available in Book, CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
- The OPC has placed on-line marriages at Constantine as follows:
- Marriages in the parish 1571 to 1812 (Phillimore's), 1674 to 1767 (Bishop's transcripts), and 1754 to 1901 (parish transcripts), are also available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Burials 1813 to 1837, which is available in Book format.
- The OPC has placed on-line burials at Constantine as follows:
- Burials in the parish 1674 to 1772 (Bishop's transcripts), and 1788 to 1901 (parish transcripts) are also available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
The parish of Constantine is in the Falmouth Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Constantine, Falmouth, Mylor and Penryn. Parishes within the district are: Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St. Gluvias.
The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Berkely House, 12-14 Berkeley Vale, Falmouth, TR11 3PH. Tel: 01326 312606.
- ePodunk's Cornwall page - providing general, plus some historical and genealogical information, about Cornwall and its parishes, together with links (mainly relating to general sites and services, rather than ones that are specific to Cornwall or particular parishes).
- Pictures of Constantine are available on-line.
You can see pictures of Constantine which are provided by:
- OPC Assistance.
- The On-line Parish Clerk (OPC) scheme operates a service to help family historians; the OPC page for this parish is available on-line, from where the OPC can be contacted by email.
- The OPC has produced a website for Constantine to help those researching in that parish.
- British-Genealogy have a mailing list for those wanting to discuss ancestry in Constantine.
The Domesday Settlements of Cornwall, a study undertaken by the Cornwall Branch of the Historical Association, has identified and located settlements listed in the Exeter and Exchequer Domesday Survey of AD 1086. The following places have been identified in Constantine ecclesiastical parish:
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SW730290 (Lat/Lon: 50.117507, -5.176799), Constantine which are provided by:
- Constantine parish was part of the Falmouth Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
- Overseers' Accounts (1719 to 1760) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.
- Population in 1801 - 129 persons
- Population in 1811 - 1327 persons
- Population in 1821 - 1671 persons
- Population in 1831 - 2004 persons
- Population in 1841 - 2042 persons
- Population in 1851 - 2093 persons
- Population in 1861 - 2014 persons
- Population in 1871 - 2070 persons
- Population in 1881 - 1924 persons
- Population in 1891 - 1771 persons
- Population in 1901 - 1748 persons
- Population in 1911 - 1615 persons
- Population in 1921 - 1570 persons
- Population in 1931 - 1565 persons
- Population in 1951 - 1867 persons
- Population in 1961 - 1791 persons
- Population in 1971 - 1930 persons
- Population in 1981 - 1510 persons
- Population in 1991 - 1607 persons
- Population in 2001 - 1705 persons
- Population in 2011 - 1789 persons
In the May of 1641 it was agreed and ordered that every Member of the House of Commons and House of Lords should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty) to the crown. The Protestation was printed and then distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.
The Protestation Returns of 1642 for Constantine are available on-line.
The parish comprised 8023 acres of land, one acre of water, 263 acres of tidal water and 211 acres of foreshore.