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Lewannick, (Cornish: Lannwenek), which was anciently called Lawaneck, Lewanecke, and Lawannick, is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of East. It is bounded on the north by Trewen and South Petherwin, on the east by Lezant, on the south by North Hill, and on the west by Altarnun. The name most probably means 'church site of Guenoc' a Breton saint. This parish is five miles south-west of Launceston.

The small hilltop village of Lewannick is centred around a crossroads, which is unusual for Cornwall, where the villages tend to stretch along sheltered valleys. When Methodism arrived in 18th century the local parson, George Parsons, successfully used all his influence to prevent meetings taking place, and it was only after his death the Methodists were able to build their own chapel. In the church is a stone dating from Roman times with carvings in Latin and Ogham, an old British alphabet.

The chief village is Trelaske; this is the Trelosch of the Domesday Survey of 1086. The celebrated Polyphant Quarry has been worked extensively, for building. The principal villages and hamlets besides the Churchtown are Polyphant, Trevadlock, and Tinney Hall.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for:


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 Lewannick is in the Launceston Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837. There were sub-districts at Altarnun, Launceston, North Hill, North Petherwin and St Stephen-by-Launceston, but these are now all closed. Parishes within the district were: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, Northill, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Stephens by Launceston, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Thomas Street, South Petherwin, Stokeclimsland, Tremaine, Treneglos, Tresmeer, Trewen, Warbstow.

The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Hendra, Dunheved Road, Launceston, PL15 9JG. Tel: 01566 772464.

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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 Lewannick ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Lewannick (1761 - 1830) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 548 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 563 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 623 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 643 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 733 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 746 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 685 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 672 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 644 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 531 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 516 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 466 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 456 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 428 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 384 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 350 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 367 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 575 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 714 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 884 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 973 persons.


The parish comprises 4039 acres of land.

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