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The parish of Michaelstow, (Cornish: Lannvighal), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Minor, and Hundred of Lesnewth. It is bounded on the north by Lanteglos-by-Camelford, on the east by St Breward, on the south by St Tudy, and on the west by St Tudy and St Teath. The parish takes its name from 'St Michael's holy place'. It is a small attractive village and parish, which is located on south-west of Camelford in north-east Cornwall; the River Camel runs along its eastern edge. Just to the north at Helsbury is an ancient circular Iron-age hill fort, called Michaelstow Beacon. The Churchtown and Treveighan are the only villages.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 321 entries.


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

Although originally in the Camelford Registration District, the parish of Michaelstow 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.

Description & Travel



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Michaelstow parish was part of the Camelford Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 158 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 181 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 216 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 215 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 225 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 218 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 219 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 240 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 222 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 225 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 215 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 191 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 198 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 193 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 203 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 204 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 185 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 180 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 201 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 199 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 233 persons


The parish comprises 1631 acres of land and 4 acres of water.

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