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Whitstone, (Cornish: Mengwynn), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Major and Hundred of Stratton. It is bounded on the north by Marhamchurch and Bridgerule West, on the east by the River Tamar which separates it from Bridgerule East, Pyworthy and the detached part of Bridgerule, all in Devon, on the south by North Tamerton and Week St Mary, and on the west by Week St Mary. The parish name is of English origin; it stems from 'white stone'.

The parish is located on the Devon border; it is traversed by the B3254 which connects Launceston to Kilkhampton. The village of Whitstone is surrounded by small hamlets such as Boot, Foxton, East and West Balsdon. Whitstone is near the River Tamar valley.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 321 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 Whitstone is in the Stratton Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Kilhampton, Stratton and Week St Mary but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Jacobstow, Kilkhampton, Launcells, Marhamchurch, Morwenstow, Poughill, Poundstock, St. Gennys, Stratton, Stratton and Bude, Week St. Mary, Whitstone. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: The Parkhouse Centre, Ergue Gaberic Way, Bude, EX23 8LF. Tel: 01288 353209.

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.

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 Whitstone ecclesiastical parish:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Whitstone parish was part of the Stratton Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 345 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 397 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 466 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 481 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 466 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 425 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 391 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 409 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 410 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 394 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 364 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 364 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 361 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 337 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 375 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 350 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 290 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 360 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 430 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 582 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 590 persons


The parish comprises 3921 acres of land and 11 acres of water.

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