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The parish of Lezant, (Cornish: Lannsans), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of East. It is bounded on the north by South Petherwin and Lawhitton, on the east by the River Tamar which separates it from Bradstone and Dunerton in Devon, on the south by Stoke Climsland and Linkinhorne, and on the west by North Hill, Lewannick and South Petherwin. The parish was probably a church site originally; (Lann) plus personal name of the Saint.

This quiet parish is immediately south of Launceston. Mining, once an important local industry, has ceased in the area and people now tend to work in Launceston or Plymouth.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line 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

The parish of Lezant 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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Description & Travel

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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.

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The Manorial Documents Register (MDR), which is maintained by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, has no note of any manors associated with the parish of Lezant. However, it is believed that there were four Manors in Lezant:

Additionally, Hexworthy Manor or Barton (in the Parish of Lawhitton), also held land in Lezant, as did Lawhitton Manor.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Lezant parish was part of the Launceston Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.

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  • Population in 1801 - 610 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 671 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 853 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 841 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 905 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 883 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 815 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 869 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 739 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 680 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 651 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 638 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 605 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 549 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 506 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 495 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 496 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 675 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 759 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 751 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 765 persons

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Religion & Religious Life

In the May of 1641 it was agreed and ordered that every Member of the House of Commons and House of Lords should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty) to the crown. The Protestation was printed and then distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The Protestation Returns of 1642 for Lezant are available on-line.

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The parish comprises 4812 acres of land and 29 acres of tidal water.

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