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Lanlivery (Cornish: Lannlivri) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north by Lanivet and Lanhydrock, on the east by St Winnow from which it is separated by the river Fowey, on the south by St Sampson (Golant), Tywardreath and Luxulyan, and on the west by Luxulyan. The parish name means 'Church site (lann) of unknown name'.

This rather bleak moorland parish is situated above a tributary of the Fowey River, west of Lostwithiel. This was also on the 'Saints Way' from Ireland to France. Although a large parish the population is a quarter of what it was in 1841. It is situated approximately in the centre of Cornwall, the modern parish of Lanlivery encompasses an area of around 5 - 6,000 acres but, being mainly agricultural, its resident population on the electoral roll has shrunk considerably. Sloping gently south from 650 feet inland to around sea level at its most southerly boundary, the parish straddles the old prehistoric trans-peninsula trade route and its modern counterpart the A390, one of the two main trunk roads into the county.

Villages in the parish are: the Churchtown, Redmoor, Sweets House, Milltown and Tangier (the latter is now a suburb of Lostwithiel town).

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 Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 525 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 Lanlivery was originally in the Bodmin Registration District from 1st July 1837 until 1894; there were originally sub-districts at Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn but these have now all been abolished. From 1894 to 1931, there were several boundary and organisational changes when it became part of Lostwithiel parish. In 1931, along with Luxulyan and Lostwithiel, it became part of the St Austell Registration District. Parishes within the Bodmin district were: 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 of St Austell can be contacted at: 12 Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4LD. Tel: 01726 68974. Fax: 01726 68974.

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:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Lanlivery (1704 - 1835) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Lanlivery parish was part of the Bodmin Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief. Overseers' Accounts (1683 to 1745 and 1748 to 1776), Settlement Papers (1687 to 1851) and Bastardy Bonds (1721 to 1832) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.


  • Population in 1801 - 778 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 965 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1318 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1687 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1809 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1716 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1657 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1493 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1388 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 706 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 673 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 607 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 558 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 497 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 437 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 373 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 350 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 385 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 432 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 492 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 555 persons

Religion & Religious Life

In the May of 1641 it was agreed and ordered that every Member of the House of Commons and House of Lords should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty) to the crown. The Protestation was printed and then distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The Protestation Returns of 1642 for Lanlivery are available on-line.


The parish comprises 5014 acres of land.

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