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Kilkhampton (Cornish: Tregylgh) was once called Kilhamland. It is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Major and Hundred of Stratton. It is bounded on the north by Morewenstow, on the east by Bradworthy and Sutcombe in Devon, on the south by Pancrasweek in Devon, Launcells and Poughill, and on the west by the sea, The 'hampton' part of the name is of English origin. 'Kilk' may be derived from the Cornish kylgh, 'a circle'. This ancient settlement is the most northerly village in Cornwall, situated on high ground astride the A39. It is on the old Ridgeway to the south-west and which was incorporated by the Romans in their network of roads. Kilkhampton is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 in an entry "The King holds Chilchetone".

The chief village is the Churchtown. The village still caters for the needs of travellers and has a variety of shops and accommodation for tourists.

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 Kilkhampton is in the Stratton Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Kilkhampton, Stratton and Week St Mary but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Jacobstow, Kilkhampton, Launcells, Marhamchurch, Morwenstow, Poughill, Poundstock, St. Gennys, Stratton, Stratton and Bude, Week St. Mary, Whitstone. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: The Parkhouse Centre, Ergue Gaberic Way, Bude, EX23 8LF. Tel: 01288 353209.

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 Kilkhampton ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Kilkhampton (1803 - 1836) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Kilkhampton parish was part of the Stratton Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 808 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 852 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1024 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1126 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1237 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1221 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1198 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1078 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 975 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 900 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 832 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 825 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 849 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 856 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 907 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 871 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 840 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 895 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1050 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1193 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1368 persons


The parish comprises 8493 acres of land.

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