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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)

Archives & Libraries

The Constantine Heritage Centre is at:
The Tolmen Centre,
Fore St,
Falmouth TR11 5AA

Telephone 01326 341353.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 1068 entries.


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. The Cornwall Family History Society have also published on-line census detail by surname on the FamilyHistoryonLine site.

Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:

Church History

Church Records

Civil Registration

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.

Description & Travel


Historical Geography

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:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • 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

Religion and Religious Life

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.

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