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The parish of Egloskerry (Cornish: Egloskerri), otherwise Egloscruc), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Major and Hundred of East. It is bounded on the north by the River Attery which separates it from the parish of North Petherwin, on the east by St Stephen-by-Launceston, and St Thomas-by-Launceston, on the south by Trewen and Laneast, and on the west by Laneast and Tresmere. The name is Cornish for 'Church of Keri'. This saint is believed to be female and one of the 24 children of the Welsh king Broccan.

The parish is about 5 miles south-west of Launceston and consists of the village of Egloskerry and many outlying hamlets and farms. Besides the Churchtown, these include Tregeare, Badharlick, and Trebeath. Penheale Manor dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086, but the architecture of the house today is mainly 17th and 20th century. The estate still farms a considerable area of land.

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 Egloskerry is in the Launceston Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837. There were sub-districts at Altarnun, Launceston, North Hill, North Petherwin and St Stephen-by-Launceston, but these are now all closed. Parishes within the district were: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, Northill, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Stephens by Launceston, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Thomas Street, South Petherwin, Stokeclimsland, Tremaine, Treneglos, Tresmeer, Trewen, Warbstow.

The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Hendra, Dunheved Road, Launceston, PL15 9JG. Tel: 01566 772464.

Description & Travel

Pictures of Egloskerry are available on-line.


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.

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 Egloskerry ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Egloskerry (1687 - 1820) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 307 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 395 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 436 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 537 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 552 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 534 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 532 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 431 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 433 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 470 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 406 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 366 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 366 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 378 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 333 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 292 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 293 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 275 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 337 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 374 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 409 persons


The parish comprises 3253 acres of land and 9 acres water.

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