Warbstow, (Cornish: Lannwarburgh), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Major and the Hundred of
Lesnewth. It is bounded on the north by St Gennys and Jacobstow, on the east by
Tremaine and Treneglos, on the south by Treneglos and Davidstow, and on the
west by Otterham. A detached portion of the parish on the left bank of the
River Attery at Canworthy Water, is also bounded on the north by the detached
portion of Jacobstow, on the east by North Petherwin, on the south by
Tremaine, and on the west by Jacobstow. This portion measured about a mile in
length and three quarters of a mile in breadth. The parish lies at an altitude
of 820 feet above sea-level.
Warbstow is located about ten miles
north-west of Launceston. The name is taken from the nun, St Waerburgha,
daughter of an Anglo-Saxon king. Her relics, at Chester, were an object of
pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. Warburghstow was mentioned in the
Domesday Book in 1086. The original manor house of Downwinney stood at one end
of the village green, but only the Norman door, porch, and an upstairs window
have survived. Just above the village is the prehistoric defensive earthworks
known as Warbstow Bury or Barrow, which lies 820 feet above sea-level. Mining
of manganese and wolfram in the parish has been recorded. It was not until 1955
when mains water became available in the village. Many retired people now live
in the village, but farming is still active in the surrounding countryside.
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
have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 366 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:
- 1841. The 1841 Census of Warbstow (HO107/140), Enumeration
Districts 7 and 8, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1851. The 1851 Census of Warbstow (HO107/1899), Enumeration
Districts 2a and 2b), is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census
- 1861. The 1861 Census of Warbstow (RG9/1518) is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project. The enumeration districts of the parish for this census cannot be determined.
- 1871. The 1871 Census of Warbstow (RG10/2223), Enumeration
Districts 8a and 9a, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1881. The 1881 Census of Warbstow (RG11/2275), Enumeration
Districts 8 and 9, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census
- 1891. The 1891 Census of Warbstow (RG12/1802), Enumeration
Districts 8 and 9, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census
- Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SX2090 and was dedicated to St
Werburga, or Werburgha. The parish church was built by the Normans; it was
originally cruciform in shape but was partially rebuilt in the 15th century,
when a north arcade and tower were added. The edifice comprises a chancel, nave
and north aisle; there was a south transept which was destroyed in a mid-19th
century restoration. The arcade has five four-centred arches supported on
monolith granite pillars. The entrance is by a north porch, dated 1601. The
tower is of two stages, is 50 feet in height and is finished with battlements
and stump pinnacles. It contains three bells.
The parish has been
ecclesiastically consolidated with Treneglos; it is now part of St Gennys,
Jacobstow with Warbstow and Treneglos.
- Non-Conformist. There was a Wesleyan Association chapel, and a Bible Christian chapel, at Canworthy Water.
- LDS Church Records.
- The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1695 - 1813, Burials 1695 - 1813,
Marriages 1695 - 1838, Boyd's Marriage Index 1612 - 1812, Pallot's Marrriage Index 1790 - 1812, BTs 1612 - 1629.
- The Cornwall Family History
Society have published on-line transcripts of:
- Pre 1813 Marriages
- 1813-37 Marriages.
The parish of Warbstow 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 are: 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.
- ePodunk's Cornwall page - providing general, plus some historical and genealogical information, about Cornwall and its parishes, together with links (mainly relating to general sites and services, rather than ones that are specific to Cornwall or particular parishes).
of Warbstow are available on-line.
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.
The new OPC can now offer baptism-marriage-burial look-up service for the parish of Warbstow. If you think your people may have lived there, please send as much as you know about their names and dates and the OPC will be happy to make a search.
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 Warbstow ecclesiastical parish:
Warbstow parish was part of the Launceston
Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
- Population in 1801 - 330 persons
- Population in 1811 - 323 persons
- Population in 1821 - 439 persons
- Population in 1831 - 481 persons
- Population in 1841 - 503 persons
- Population in 1851 - 470 persons
- Population in 1861 - 419 persons
- Population in 1871 - 425 persons
- Population in 1881 - 373 persons
- Population in 1891 - 396 persons
- Population in 1901 - 375 persons
- Population in 1911 - 344 persons
- Population in 1921 - 332 persons
- Population in 1931 - 327 persons
- Population in 1951 - 297 persons
- Population in 1961 - 259 persons
- Population in 1971 - 345 persons
- Population in 1981 - 415 persons
- Population in 1991 - 425 persons
- Population in 2001 - 439 persons
- Population in 2011 - 520 persons
The parish comprises 4151 acres of land.
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