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Lanteglos-by-Camelford parish, (Cornish: Nanseglos), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Minor and in the Hundred of Lesnewth. Camelford is named after the ford across the River Camel on which the town lies. It is bounded on the north by Minster, on the east by Davidstow and Advent, on the south by Michaelstow and on the west by St Teath. Lanteglos means a valley church (in Cornish).
The town of Camelford is wholly situated in the parish of Lanteglos along the A39 road which traverses the parish. Camelford was made a free borough by Richard, Earl of Cornwall. This was confirmed by Richard II on 20th April 1298. In 1300 there were 62 burgesses. The borough continued to send representatives to Parliament as early as 1552 and continued to do so until the Reform Act of 1832 abolished this.
The River Camel, from which it takes its name, passes through the town. Although originally 'a ford across the River Camel', there has been a bridge at Camelford since the fourteenth century. This is in an area of north-east Cornwall with moorland streams, woodland and narrow valleys. Many believe Camelford is the site of Camelot, for a mile away is Slaughter Bridge - supposidly the scene of King Arthur's death in his last great battle when Arthur killed Mordred. A stone marks the place where Arthur reputedly later fell and lay for three days before being taken away on a barge.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for:

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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

Although originally in the Camelford Registration District, the parish of Lanteglos-by-Camelford is now in the Bodmin Registration District; there were sub-districts at Boscastle and Camelford. Parishes within the Camelford district were: Advent, Davidstow, Forrabury, Lanteglos, Lesnewth, Michaelstow, Minster, Otterham, St. Breward, St. Clether, St. Juliot, St. Teath, Tintagel, Trevalga.

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

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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 Lanteglos-by-Camelford ecclesiastical parish:

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Land & Property

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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The population variations during the period 1901 to 1971 (apart from 1931) were probably due to boundary changes. The reasons for these are not known but are being investigated.

  • Population in 1801 - 912 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1100 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1256 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1359 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1541 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1740 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1620 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1718 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1524 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1375 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 7188 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 7385 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 7730 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1298 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 7587 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 7091 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 7363 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1770 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1970 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 2256 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 865 persons

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The Camelford & District Old Cornwall Society News Page is on-line.

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In 1869, the borough of Camelford occupied some 245 acres of the parish, the total size of which is 3537 acres of land.

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