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The parish of Lanteglos-by-Fowey, (Cornish: Sen Wyllow), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north by St Veep and Lansallos, on the east by Lansallos, on the south by the sea, and on the west by Fowey Harbour, which separates it from the town of Fowey and the parishes of Fowey and Golant, St Sampson. The parish is on the south coast of Cornwall sandwiched between the parishes of Fowey and Lansallos. The attractive village of Polruan with its steep huddled streets is situated opposite Fowey on the eastern side of the Fowey estuary. In the past castles here and in Fowey helped protect the seaport by suspending an iron chain across the estuary. Now a ferry service operates for foot passengers.

The fishing town of Polruan is a place of great antiquity; it is older than Fowey and once was the principal station of the harbour. The only other village is Highway (or Trevick).


Monumental Inscriptions for this parish have not yet been recorded.


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 Lanteglos-by-Fowey 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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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 Lanteglos-by-Fowey ecclesiastical parish:



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

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 678 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 859 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 973 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1208 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1269 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1280 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1221 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1324 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1339 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1432 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1399 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1369 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1381 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1368 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1234 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1098 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1121 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1050 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1055 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 994 persons


The parish comprises 3249 acres of land, 137 acres of tidal water and 180 acres of foreshore.

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