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The parish of Morval, (Cornish: Morval), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north by Liskeard and Menheniot, on the east by St Germans, on the south by St Martins, and on the west by Duloe. The parish consists of rolling countryside and is located just north of the south coast fishing port of Looe. The origin of name is unknown. Morval House was once the home of the Buller and Kitson families. At one time canal boats would come up the river to Sandplace and discharge cargoes of seaweed which would be spread on the fields as fertiliser. The boats would then return to Looe with lime from the kilns.

The only village in the parish is that of Sandplace.

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 on-line Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 1253 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

The parish of Morval has always been in the Liskeard Registration District. There were sub-districts at Callington, Lerrin, Liskeard and Looe, but these closed in the 1930's. 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.

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 Morval ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Morval (1729 - 1829) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 533 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 574 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 615 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 644 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 733 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 745 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 765 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 715 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 664 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 622 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 600 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 548 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 577 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 550 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 539 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 475 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 507 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 630 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 615 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 616 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 711 persons


The parish comprised 3556 acres of land, 12 acres of water, 4 acres of tidal water and 7 acres of foreshore.

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