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Duloe (Cornish: Dewlogh) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north by St Pinnock, Liskeard and St Keyne, on the east by Liskeard, Morval and St Martin, on the south by Talland and Pelynt, and on the west by Lanreath. The parish is named after the Cornish Dew Logh meaning 'Two Pools' or possibly after the fact that it is situated between the two Looe Rivers. It lies to the south-west of Liskeard on a ridge between the East and West Looe Rivers. There are few small hamlets and farmsteads along the North South ridge. The main industry is farming. The name Duloe has several possible origins: Dhu-Loo means 'Black Looe' Du-Loo means 'God's River' and Due-Loo means 'Two Loos', describing the aforementioned situation of this parish between the East and West Looe rivers.

The parish is very scattered and consists of the village of Duloe and the hamlets of Tredinnick and Hill. The populous mining village of Herodsfoot was originally in this parish, but it became a separate parish in 1851. Duloe contains several old manors, of which Brodbane, Trenant, Lanwarnick, Killigorick and Tremadart are mentioned in the Domesday Book, but few traces of the original buildings remain.

There has been a settlement at Duloe for at least 2500 years. Early inhabitants of this land seeking to explain the forces governing their lives built stone circles to study the sun and the moon and offered up sacrifices to the sun the source of nourishment. Duloe has a stone circle, a link with the earliest settlement here. In a field some 300 yards from the church are eight white quartz stones in a small circle of 38 ft diameter. The present setting is the result of restoration in the last century when a burial urn of the late Bronze Age (2000-500 B.C) was found at the base of one of the stones. The Duloe Torque, a gold bracelet from the late Bronze Age, was found in a nearby field and is now in the Truro County Museum. It has been suggested that the church yard was the site of an Iron Age Fort because of the circular shape and elevation and because Tredinnick, the neighbouring hamlet means "the town of the fort".

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)



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 Duloe has always been in the Liskeard Registration District. There were sub-districts at Callington, Lerrin, Liskeard and Looe. Parishes within the district are: Boconnoc, Broadoak, Callington, Calstock (1837-60), Duloe, East Looe, Lanreath, Lansallos, Lanteglos, Linkinhorne, Liskeard, Liskeard Borough, Menheniot, Morval, Pelynt, St. Cleer, St. Dominick, St. Ive, St. Keyne, St. Martin's, St. Neot, St. Pinnock, St. Veep, Southill, Talland and West Looe. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Graylands, Dean Street, Liskeard, PL14 4AH. Tel: 01579 343442.

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 Duloe ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Duloe (1685 - 1835) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 709 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 821 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 779 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 928 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 937 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1209 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1096 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1109 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 600 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 826 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 735 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 687 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 609 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 613 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 572 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 549 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 585 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 625 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 710 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 660 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 704 persons


The parish comprises 5821 acres land, 8 acres of water, 18 acres of tidal water and 47 acres of foreshore.

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