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The parish of St Keyne, (Cornish: Sen Keyna), (anciently called Lametton), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north and east by Liskeard, and on the south and west by Duloe. According to the Welsh version of the legend St Keyne was the daughter of King Broccan. The tiny parish lies between the parishes of Liskeard and Duloe. In the 16th century it consisted of one estate, Lametton, but in 1911 it was divided into separate lots and sold to individual buyers. The little village of St Keyne has a railway station on the branch line to Looe. In Victorian times the holy well had the reputation of conferring supremacy to the marriage partner who first tasted it.

The Churchtown is the only village in the parish.


The Liskeard and District Museum have a database of parish records for Liskeard and St Keyne. They can be contacted by e-mail; the address is:


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 400 entries.


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 St Keyne 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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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 St Keyne ecclesiastical parish:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

St Keyne parish was part of the Liskeard Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 139 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 157 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 153 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 201 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 194 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 213 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 181 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 146 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 162 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 159 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 132 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 136 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 139 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 128 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 132 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 173 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 156 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 365 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 448 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 486 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 492 persons


The parish comprised 942 acres of land.


The St Keyne Local History Group was formed when the new Village Hall was opened in August 1998 with the prime objective of collecting together and archiving all the information that could be found from as many sources as possible about the history of the properties, inhabitants and events of the village. Much of this information is now included in a book entitled The People of St.Keyne and provides a fascinating insight to the history of the village.

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