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South Petherwin

The parish of Petherwin, alias South Peterwin, (Cornish: Pederwynn Dheghow), is situated in the Hundred of East and Deanery of Trigg Minor. It is bounded on the north by St Thomas-by-Launceston and St Mary Magdalene, Launceston, on the east by Launceston, Lawhitton and Lezant, on the south by Lezant and Lewannick, and on the west by Trewen and St Thomas-by-Launceston. The town of Launceston provides employment for many of the population of this parish, which lies in an agricultural area one and a half miles to the west of the town and on the north-eastern bank of the River Inny. Slate quarrying was an important industry in the 19th century.

The principal villages of the parish are the Churchtown and Dawes Lane.

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:


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 South Petherwin is in the Launceston Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837. There were sub-districts at Altarnun, Launceston, North Hill, North Petherwin and St Stephen-by-Launceston, but these are now all closed. Parishes within the district were: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, Northill, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Stephens by Launceston, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Thomas Street, South Petherwin, Stokeclimsland, Tremaine, Treneglos, Tresmeer, Trewen, Warbstow.

The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Hendra, Dunheved Road, Launceston, PL15 9JG. Tel: 01566 772464.

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.


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

South Petherwin parish was part of the Launceston Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief. Overseers' Accounts (1778 to 1828) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.


  • Population in 1801 - 699 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 733 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 914 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 988 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 997 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 974 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 876 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 891 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 826 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 815 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 695 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 647 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 642 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 635 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 605 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 578 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 701 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 735 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 865 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 932 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 931 persons


The parish comprised 5070 acres of land and 5 acres of water.

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