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The parish of Talland, (Cornish: Tallann), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West; it is bounded on the north by Pelynt and Duloe, on the east by the estuary of the River Duloe which separates it from St Martin's-by-Looe, on the south by the English Channel, and on the west by Lansallos and Pelynt. Talland is located on the south coast of Cornwall at the head of Talland Bay, between Polperro to the west, and West Looe to east, and surrounded by beautiful cliff scenery. A short distance to the north is the village of Pelynt. According to O.J.Padel, the name is probably derived from tal-lann, meaning a 'hill-brow church site'. The Saint Talland, to whom the church is dedicated, was an invention of the 15th century. Despite its peaceful appearance today it has many stories of smugglers and shipwrecks in the past. One Parson Dodge who was involved in smuggling in the 18th century kept the lanes clear at night by spreading tales of demons and ghosts. John Bevill, sheriff of Cornwall in the 16th century, lived at the nearby former manor house of Killigarth.

The main town of the parish is Polperro. The town of Polperro itself used to be divided between the two parishes of Lansallos and Talland by the River Pol,though in 1875 the boundaries were re-drawn and the whole of Polperro is now entirely within Lansallos ecclesiastical parish, in which it is still located today.


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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 Talland was 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.

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Description & Travel

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A webpage giving short histories of all the most famous and celebrated people of Polperro is available on-line.

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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 Talland ecclesiastical parish:

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Talland civil parish was abolished 1934; the area was distributed between Looe and Lansallos parishes.

  • Population in 1801 - 760 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 801 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 839 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 841 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 834 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 859 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 800 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 830 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 778 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 776 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 794 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 730 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 704 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 765 persons

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The parish comprised 2569 acres of land.

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The Polperro Family History Society has recently been formed. Members of the Society have special access to the exclusive Members' area on thier website which include a Message Board for exchanging information and contact details for other members. In addition, the Society publishes a Journal for members twice a year. The first issue, published in October 2002, contained a number of articles about Polperro families, a contact list and other useful information.

A Membership Application Form is available. For further details, you can email the Society.

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