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Torpoint, (Cornish: Penntorr), is a small town situated on the Rame peninsular on the banks of the River Tamar some two and a half miles from Plymouth. It is the Deanery and Hundred of East. It was created from part of Antony parish in 1819. The Carew-Pole family lived here in Antony House.

The parish is situated on the Rame peninsula on the south-east coast of Cornwall. Its history has been closely linked with the ferry service to Devonport and Plymouth which began in the 18th century. In 1700 Torpoint did not exist but, with the building of the naval dockyard at Devonport, it grew rapidly, with workers there choosing to live across the river near the ferry. In 1939 the naval shore establishment of H.M.S. Raleigh was established here; its purpose was to provide training for new entrants to the Royal Navy. It is still very much a Naval town with families coming and going.

Archives & Libraries

The Torpoint Archives have a great deal of useful information to help those researching their Torpoint ancestry. Such information includes the Torpoint Censuses 1841 - 1891, local parish (baptisms, marriages and burials) records, Trade Directories from 1830, and, for the late 18th century, there are extracts from the Antony Estate records showing many residents in Torpoint in the 1770/1780s. In addition, there are many other local civic records. There is a large collection of Family Trees donated by those with Torpoint/Antony connections and the collection continues to grow with all names indexed. There is also a very fine photographic collection with over 12,000 photographs on a wide range of subjects - school photographs, Weddings, Events, Locations, Personalities and Sport.

Although primarily concerned with the history of Torpoint, there is a gradual build-up of knowledge of the rest of the Rame peninsular - Antony, St John, Maker with Rame, Sheviock and St Germans all have records in this Archive. Recently, terminals/PCs containing information from the Cornwall Family History Society have been provided.

The archives are open twice a week, manned by volunteers; Tuesday 2 - 4 pm and Fridays 10 am till noon and 2 - 4 pm. Some limited researches can be carried out by post; relevant charges can be obtained by first contacting the Archives. Admission is free. Researchers can contact the Archives during opening hours on 07530976981. To contact the Archives by post, write to: Torpoint Archive, Council Offices, 3 Bullers Road, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 2LQ.


Monumental inscriptions for this parish have not yet been recorded.


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 Torpoint is in the St Germans Registration District and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Antony, St Germans and Saltash but they have now been abolished. The parish is now part of the Cornwall County Council.
Parishes within the district were: Antony, Botusfleming, Landrake, Landulph, Maker, Millbrook, Pillaton, Quethiock, Rame, St. Erney, St. Germans, St. John's, St. Mellion, St. Stephen's, Saltash, Sheviock, Torpoint.

The Superintendant Registrar of St Germans can be contacted at: Ploughastel Drive, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6DL. Tel: 01752 842624.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

From 1904, Torpoint parish became part of the St Germans Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief. The St Germans Union workhouse was built in 1837-8 at Torpoint. It was designed by Charles Lang who was also the architect of the Launceston Union workhouse. The Poor Law Commissioners authorised the sum of 4,300 on construction of the building which was intended to accommodate 250 inmates. The workhouse location and layout are shown on the OS map of 1894.


The parish was created from part of Antony parish in 1819.

  • Population in 1801 - 1795 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 2144 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 2642 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 3009 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 2894 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 3201 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 3887 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 3954 persons, plus 40 persons on shipping
  • Population in 1881 - 3201 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 3684 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 4362 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 4953 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 5240 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 3975 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 5953 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 4268 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 4787 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 8565 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 9505 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 8457 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 8364 persons


The Rame Peninsula History Group was formed at its inaugural meeting on 30 January 2003. Its aim is to research, record and promote interest in the heritage of the Rame Peninsula.


The parish consists of 1975 acres of land.

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