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Lanreath, (Cornish: Lannreydhow), anciently called Lanreythow, Lanrathew, Lanrethou, is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north by St Pinnock, on the east by Duloe, Pelynt and Lansallos, on the south by St Veep, and on the west by St Veep and Boconnoc. The parish name is pronounced 'Lanreth'. The meaning is 'Church site (lann) of Raydhogh', about whom nothing is known. It is a quiet pleasant village north-west of Fowey. There is a curious story of a ghost in black who drove a coach with headless horses. It was exorcised by the Reverend Grylls and Parson Dodge, but not before the the Reverend Grylls had been knocked unconscious by the phantom driver. It is reported that Parson Dodge offered a prayer and the ghost disappeared for ever.
The only village in this parish is the Churchtown. Herodsfoot village was partly in this parish, although Herodsfoot parish was created a separate parish from part of Lanreath in 1851.

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 - 501 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 Lanreath has always been in the Liskeard Registration District. There were sub-districts at Callington, Lerrin, Liskeard and Looe. Parishes within the district are: Boconnoc, Broadoak, Callington, Calstock (1837-60), Duloe, East Looe, Lanreath, Lansallos, Lanteglos, Linkinhorne, Liskeard, Liskeard Borough, Menheniot, Morval, Pelynt, St. Cleer, St. Dominick, St. Ive, St. Keyne, St. Martin's, St. Neot, St. Pinnock, St. Veep, Southill, Talland and West Looe. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Graylands, Dean Street, Liskeard, PL14 4AH. Tel: 01579 343442.

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 Lanreath ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Lanreath (1726 - 1837) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


Herodsfoot was created from part of this parish 1851. The following population figures include Herodsfoot parish.

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)
  • Population in 1801 - 478 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 548 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 629 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 651 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 651 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 662 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 649 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 633 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 459 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 524 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 469 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 446 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 378 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 376 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 390 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 356 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 352 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 445 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 505 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 514 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 566 persons


The parish is comprised of 4964 acres of land and 2 acres of water.

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