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The parish of Pillaton, (Cornish: Trebeulyow), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of East. It is bounded on the north by St Mellion and St Dominick, on the east by the River Tamar and Landulph, on the south by Botus Fleming and the detached part of St Stephens-by-Saltash, and on the west by Quethiock. The name Pillaton means 'farmstead of stakes, posts'. It is an attractive village overlooking Lynher valley on the south-east border of Cornwall with Devon. The Weary Friar hotel was originally believed to have been a resting place for monks building the church. The manor of Pillaton is the Piletone or Pilatona of the Domesday Survey of 1086.

Originally, Pillaton was a rural village that was part of the Newton Ferrers estate. This altered in 1959 when a bridge was built across the river Tamar connecting Plymouth to Saltash. This brought the village within commuting distance of Plymouth and resulted in a considerable increase in the number of houses. The Churchtown and Penter's Cross (now Paynters Cross) are the only villages.

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)



Church History

Church Records

Civil Registration

The parish of Pillaton is in the St Germans Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Antony, St Germans and Saltash but they have now been abolished. Parishes within the district were: Antony, Botusfleming, Landrake, Landulph, Maker, Millbrook, Pillaton, Quethiock, Rame, St. Erney, St. Germans, St. John's, St. Mellion, St. Stephen's, Saltash, Sheviock, Torpoint.

The Superintendant Registrar of St Germans can be contacted at: Ploughastel Drive, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6DL. Tel: 01752 842624.

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 Pillaton ecclesiastical parish:


>Callington Area Heritage Centre have placed on-line a webpage for the history of Pillaton parish.



Apprenticeship Indentures for Pillaton (1785 - 1836) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 336 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 477 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 452 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 413 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 434 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 393 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 349 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 385 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 338 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 449 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 388 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 405 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 358 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 343 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 325 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 279 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 334 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 460 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 485 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 435 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 473 persons


The parish comprises 2901 acres of land and 8 acres of water.

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