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The parish of Rame, (Cornish: Penn an Hordh), is in the extreme south-east of Cornwall, on a peninsula to the west of Plymouth Sound. It is situated in the Deanery of East, and in the southern division of the Hundred of East. It is bounded on the north by the parishes of St Johns and Maker, and on the east, south and west by the sea. The church, situated on high ground, has long served as a navigational aid to mariners. There is also a ruined chapel dedicated to St Michael and traces of ancient defensive works. Polhawn Battery was a strong fortress on the southern cliffs of the parish, effectively commanding Whitsand Bay and the surrounding land approaches. There are four miles of sandy beach on the west coast of the headland, which in the past have witnessed many shipwrecks and are now sprinkled with shacks and bungalows.

Rame was united with Maker parish in 1943 to form Maker-with-Rame parish. Maker-with-Rame is now part of the Cornwall County Council.

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)


Rev. Geoffrey Blanchard White - Maker with Rame (notes towards a Parish History). (Typescripts in Plymouth Local Studies Library 972R 374 - probably copies also in Truro). (Full of really good information with trancripts of property deeds etc. which would be useful to family historians).


The Cornwall Family History Society have not yet published Monumental Inscriptions for this Parish.


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

Indices and transcripts of the Baptism, Marriage and Burial registers of the Parish of Rame, 1653 - 1812 compiled by Rev. Geoffrey Blanchard White , MA. in Harris, G & F.L. (eds) Essays and Notes on the Rame Peninsula 1963. [This is a typescript of which bound copies were deposited in various local libraries including Plymouth, Truro etc but most have vanished. One survives in Torpoint Library. It includes essays on the Vallack family and other wider material. It is a Carbon copy and needs copying onto disc etc].
Indexes and Transcripts of the Baptisms and Deaths for the parishes of Maker and Rame, 1813 -1843. Typed copies held in Mount Edgcumbe House History Files. [Anon. but almost certainly by the Rev. White]. NB: there are no marriage records included here.

Specific information on extant Church Records for this parish is available as follows:

Civil Registration

The parish of Rame 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


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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 Rame ecclesiastical parish:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Rame (1812 - 1836) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


The population figures given below are mostly of Maker and Rame together unless stated separately.

  • Population in 1801 - 2595 persons (904 persons in Rame)
  • Population in 1811 - 4656 persons (978 persons in Rame)
  • Population in 1821 - 2603 persons (807 persons in Rame)
  • Population in 1831 - 2441 persons (896 persons in Rame)
  • Population in 1841 - 2369 (800 persons in Rame)
  • Population in 1851 - 2357 persons (741 persons in Rame)
  • Population in 1861 - 3778 (792 persons in Rame)
  • Population in 1871 - 4067, (856 persons in Rame and 47 persons in Rame Barracks)
  • Population in 1881 - 2082 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 2193, including 865 persons in Rame
  • Population in 1901 - 3052 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1919 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 3309 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1378 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1408 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1441 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1145 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 305 persons (Rame only)
  • Population in 1991 - 360 persons (Rame only)
  • Population in 2001 - 1071 persons (Maker-with-Rame)
  • Population in 2011 - 1020 persons (Maker-with-Rame)


The Rame History Group aims to research, record and promote interest in the heritage of the Rame Peninsula. The group meets every month in the Congregational Hall.


The parish comprises 1272 acres of land and 112 acres of foreshore.

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