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The parish of Lansallos, (Cornish: Lannsalwys), also anciently called Lansalewys, is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north by Pelynt, on the east by Talland, on the south by the sea, and on the west by Lanteglos-by-Fowey and Lanreath. The parish name means 'Church site (lann) of unknown name'. Lansallos is a small village on the south coast of Cornwall between Fowey and Polperro, situated above the scenic Lansallos Cliffs. When Talland civil parish was abolished in 1934, the area was distributed between Looe and Lansallos parishes.

The town of Polperro itself used to be divided between the two parishes of Lansallos and Talland by the River Pol,though in 1875 the boundaries were re-drawn and the whole of Polperro is now entirely within Lansallos ecclesiastical parish, in which it is still located today.


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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:

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

The parish of Lansallos 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.

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Description & Travel

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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 Lansallos ecclesiastical parish:

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Apprenticeship Indentures for Lansallos (1756 - 1829) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Lansallos parish was part of the Liskeard Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief. Settlement Papers (1741 to 1831) and Bastardy Bonds (1770, 1794) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.

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Talland civil parish was abolished in 1934; the area was distributed between Looe and Lansallos parishes and this partially accounts for population variations from 1951.

  • Population in 1801 - 847 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 804 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 880 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 884 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 828 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 699 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 659 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 667 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 707 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 691 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 663 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 607 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 568 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 570 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1504 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1427 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1491 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1585 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1623 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1584 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1685 persons

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The Polperro Family History Society has recently been formed. Members of the Society have special access to the exclusive Members' area on thier website which include a Message Board for exchanging information and contact details for other members. In addition, the Society publishes a Journal for members twice a year. The first issue, published in October 2002, contained a number of articles about Polperro families, a contact list and other useful information.

A Membership Application Form is available. For further details, you can email the Society.

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The parish comprises 4776 acres of land.

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