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Although in the past, it has often been spelled as Southill, the parish is increasingly being spelled as South Hill. South Hill, (Cornish: Bre Dheghow), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of East. It is bounded on the north and east by Stoke Climsland and Callington, and on the south and west by St Ive and Linkinhorne. This thinly-populated parish is in the east Cornwall, north of Callington. Four miles to the north-west is the parish of North Hill, but the origin of their names is rather obscure. It is presumably based on a geographic reference.

The main village of the parish is Golberdon, with smaller hamlets at Maders, Mornick, Trevigro and Trewoodloe with South Hill being the smallest of these. Golberdon used to have a Post Office/shop, chapel and a nearby school but all this has gone and the only facility remaining is a village hall.

Cemeteries

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Census

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:

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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

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Description & Travel

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Genealogy

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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 South Hill ecclesiastical parish:

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History

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

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Land & Property

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Maps

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Military Records

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Politics & Government

The Free & Voluntary Present, as the name indicates, is a list of those persons making a voluntary contribution to the King. The list is those persons who went to Launceston on 8th November 1661, from the parishes of St Ive, Linkinhorne and South Hill. The amount they gave is indicated.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

South Hill parish was part of the Liskeard Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.

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Population

  • Population in 1801 - 447 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 466 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 534 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 530 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 640 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 730 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 691 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 638 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 506 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 528 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 488 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 444 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 396 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 413 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 404 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 374 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 382 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 415 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 485 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 474 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 489 persons

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Probate Records

Some Wills & Admons for Southill parish are available on-line.

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Religion & Religious Life

In the May of 1641 it was agreed and ordered that every Member of the House of Commons and House of Lords should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty) to the crown. The Protestation was printed and then distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The Protestation Returns of 1642 for South Hill are available on-line.

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Statistics

The parish comprises 3349 acres of land.

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Voting Registers

The Poll books recorded the names of everyone in Cornwall who voted at Parliamentary elections along with the names of the person they voted for. There are three poll books for the County, all at the Cornwall Record Office. 1710 (CF4787), 1774 (DX622), 1790 (PD208).

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