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St Martin-by-Looe

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The parish of St Martin-by-Looe, (Cornish: Penndrumm), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of the West. It is bounded on the north by Morval, on the east by St Germans, on the south by the sea, and on the west by East Looe. St Martins is a close, small parish and village on the south coast of Cornwall to the east of Looe. Its name comes from dedication of the church to St Martin of Tours. A small portion of the village of Hessenford was originally in this parish. Besides the Churchtown, the only other village is Millendreath.



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 Martin-by-Looe has always been in the Liskeard Registration District. There were sub-districts at Callington, Lerrin, Liskeard and Looe, but these closed in the 1930's. 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.

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.

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 Martin-by-Looe ecclesiastical parish:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 344 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 343 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 411 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 455 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 476 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 407 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 343 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 312 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 355 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 304 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 265 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 290 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 303 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 363 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 427 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 445 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 466 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 515 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 519 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 321 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 429 persons


The parish comprises 2461 acres of land.

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