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The parish of Luxulyan, (Cornish: Logsulyan), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north by Lanivet, and the east by Lanlivery and Tywardreath, on the south by St Blazey and St Austell, and on the west by Roche. The name of the parish is pronounced 'Luksillyan'. It is a small village on the edge of Bodmin Moor. In the nineteenth century a mining and mineral railway was built through the Luxylyan valley to connect with mining area around Bugle. Luxulyanite, a beautiful and rare type of Cornish granite, is found in this area. It was chosen for the sarcophogus of the Duke of Wellington at St Paul's cathedral.

The present-day Parish of Luxulyan is rather long and narrow in shape, with St Blazey Bridge on the A390 (St Austell to Liskeard road) at its southernmost extremity and Innis (or Ennis) Downs, with its British Telecom Maritime Radio Station and roundabout signalling the end of the A30 Bodmin by-pass, in the north. The current adult population is just under one thousand, of whom about one third live in the village; the remainder being dispersed amongst the numerous hamlets and farmsteads which make up the parish.

The principal villages in the parish are: the Churchtown, Bridges, Treskilling, Rosemelling, Higher Menadue, and Bedwith.

Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)


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 Luxulyan was in the Bodmin Registration District since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts are Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn but these have now been abolished. It is now in the St Austell Registration District. Parishes within the district were: Blisland, Bodmin, Bodmin Borough, Cardinham, Egloshayle, Endellion, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanviet, Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, Luxulion, St. Kew, St. Mabyn, St. Minver Highlands, St. Minver Lowlands, St. Tudy, St. Winnow, Temple, Wadebridge, Warleggon, Withiel.

The Superintendant Registrar of St Austell can be contacted at: 12 Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4LD. Tel: 01726 68974. Fax: 01726 68974.

Description & Travel


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 Luxulyan ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Luxulyan (1731 - 1833) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Luxulyan parish was part of the Bodmin Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief. Overseers' Accounts (1745 to 1773, 1812 to 1817, 1817 to 1820, 1826 to 1832, 1832 to 1835), Settlement Papers (1716 to 1863) and Bastardy Bonds (1724 to 1839) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.


  • Population in 1801 - 875 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1047 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1276 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1288 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1512 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1439 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1329 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1248 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1098 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 937 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 970 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1016 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1019 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1010 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 904 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 861 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1028 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1120 persons, inluding 710 persons in Luxulyan village
  • Population in 1991 - 1195 persons, including 795 persons in Luxulyan village
  • Population in 2001 - 1371 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1490 persons


The parish comprises 5410 acres of land and 22 acres of water.

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