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The parish of Laneast (Cornish: Lannast) is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Major and in the Hundreds of East and Lesnewth. It is bounded on the north by the parishes of Treneglos and Tresmere, on the east by Egloskerry and Trewen, on the south by Altarnun, and on the west by St Clether. Laneast is a small village in north-east Cornwall about seven miles west of Launceston, just south of the A395. The name comes from 'lann',- church site, followed by a geographical reference to its position in reference to the older St Clether site. The main villages are the Churchtown and Badgall.

John Couch Adams, a mathematical genius who became a Professor of Mathematics at St John's College, Cambridge, was born at Lidcot farm in this parish in 1819. He became a famous Astronomer and is credited as being the co-discoverer of the planet Neptune.

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 the Parish Church - 184 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 Laneast 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



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 179 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 149 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 229 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 279 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 320 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 299 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 244 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 231 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 259 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 227 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 209 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 185 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 170 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 166 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 178 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 142 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 133 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 135 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 189 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 164 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 209 persons


The parish comprises 2552 acres of land and 3 acres of water.

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