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The parish of Lanivet (Cornish: Lanneves) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Pydar. It is bounded on the north by Bodmin, on the east by Bodmin and Lanhydrock, on the south by Lanlivery and Luxulyan, and on the west by Roche and Withiel. Lanivet means the 'Church site (lann), at Neved'. Since Neved means 'a pagan sacred place', this must have been a pre-existing name. This parish is in the geographical centre of Cornwall near the A30 trunk road through Cornwall. At one time Lanivet had eleven copper mines, now all closed. It was on the old 'Saints Way', along which the early Christian saints travelled from Ireland, via Padstow.

The villages are the Churchtown, Lamorick, Gold Bank or Nanstallon, Bokiddick, Tregullon and part of St Lawrence.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 326 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 Lanivet is in the Bodmin Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts are Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Blisland, Bodmin, Bodmin Borough, Cardinham, Egloshayle, Endellion, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanviet, Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, Luxulion, St. Kew, St. Mabyn, St. Minver Highlands, St. Minver Lowlands, St. Tudy, St. Winnow, Temple, Wadebridge, Warleggon, Withiel.

The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.

Description & Travel


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 Lanivet ecclesiastical parish:



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 513 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 687 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 803 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 922 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1149 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1149 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1151 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1196 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1030 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 981 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 886 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 970 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 939 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 940 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1070 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1019 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1084 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1370 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1583 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1844 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1961 persons


The parish comprises 5426 acres of land.

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