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The parish of Quethiock, (Cornish: Gwydhek), is pronounced "Gwithick"; anciently called Cruetheke, it is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of East. It is bounded on the north by St Ive and St Mellion, on the east by Pillaton and the detached part of St Stephens called Howton, on the south by Landrake and St Germans, and on the west by Menheniot. It is named after the Old Cornish for a 'wooded place'. It is situated about 3 miles to the east of Liskeard and lies just to the east of the River Tiddy. On the north is the River Lynher. At Clapper Bridge there is an ancient bridge of three arches over the Lynher which connects this parish with Pillaton. There are many small woods and isolated farms in this undulating parish. The main industry is farming.

The villages are the Churchtown, Trehunest and Blunts; the last-named is somtimes called The Sun, the name of an inn which was once there.



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 Quethiock 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

Photographs of Quethiock are available on-line.



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 Quethiock ecclesiastical parish:


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


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Quethiock parish was part of the St Germans Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 587 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 585 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 684 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 692 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 656 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 777 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 718 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 661 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 485 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 445 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 430 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 403 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 336 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 388 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 372 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 317 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 331 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 395 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 425 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 429 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 443 persons


The parish comprises 4,551 acres of land and 11 acres of water.

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