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The parish of Crantock (Cornish: Lanngorrek) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Pydar. It is bounded on the north and west by the sea and St Columb Minor, on the east by Newlyn East, and on the south by Cubert. Crantock was founded by St.Carantacus in the 5th century. The son of a Welsh chieftain, he went to Ireland where he met St. Patrick, and they studied together. They went their separate ways and St. Carantoc (as he was now known) came to Cornwall in his 'coracle' (which was presumably an Irish 'currah', or leather skinned, long open canoe) in which he brought an altar stone and a pet dove, and he came to rest in the Gannel. The dove picked up a stick in its beak, and upon the spot where it dropped the stick St. Carantoc established his church; the present church is upon the same site.

The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Langoroch' (meaning dwelling of the monks). Besides the Churchtown, the villages are Trevemper and Trevelveth.

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 Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line Monumental Inscriptions for:


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 Crantock was originally in the St Columb Registration District. There were sub-districts at Newlyn, Padstow and St Columb Major, but these have now been abolished. It is now in the Registration District of St Austell. Parishes within the old St Columb district were: Colan, Crantock, Cubert, Little Petherick, Mawgan in Pyder, Newlyn, Newquay, Padstow, St. Breock, St. Columb Major, St. Columb Minor, St. Enoder, St. Ervan, St. Eval, St. Issey, St. Merryn, St. Wenn.

The Superintendant Registrar of St Austell can be contacted at: 12 Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4LD. Tel: 01726 68974. Fax: 01726 68974.

Description & Travel


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.

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 Crantock ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Crantock (1803 - 1829) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 299 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 358 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 389 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 458 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 450 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 451 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 376 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 367 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 344 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 301 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 326 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 308 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 385 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 316 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 432 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 480 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 683 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 830 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 805 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 764 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 720 persons


The parish comprised 2438 acres of land.

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