Constantine (Cornish: Lanngostentin) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. In 1869, it was bounded on the east by Budock and Mawnan, on the south by Helford Creek, which separates it from Manaccan, St Martins and Mawgan-in-Meneage, and on the west and north by Wendron, Stithians and Mabe. The parish is named after its patron, Saint Constantin. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Saint Constantin.

Constantine Churchtown is a well-built village seated on the brow of a hill in the midst of open country. Villages and hamlets in the parish include: Gweek, Seworgan, Brill, Port Navas, Budock Vean and Helford Passage.

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)


Archives & Libraries

The Constantine Heritage Centre is at:
The Tolmen Centre,
Fore St,
Falmouth TR11 5AA

Telephone 01326 341353.



The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 1068 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.
Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:


Church History

  • Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SW7329 and was dedicated to St Constantinus. It comprises a chancel, nave, south aisle, north aisle, and an extreme north or Bosarne aisle. The arcades are of native granite supported on monolith pillars; the south arcade has six pointed arches, the north seven, and the extreme north three. A part of this last aisle was screened off for a vestry. Besides the south porch, there is a priest's entrance and a north door. The tower is of three stages and buttressed, the buttresses terminating in statues. The pinnacles are pannelled with Gothic tracery, and the uppermost stringcourse of the tower is ornamented with quadrefoils.
    The church was given to the dean and chapter of Exeter by Peter Quivil, the Bishop, on 21st July 1285.
  • Non-Conformist. There was a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, built in 1835, the front of which is well-wrought granite ashlar. Near the Churchtown was another chapel belonging to the Bible Christians.

Church Records


Civil Registration

The parish of Constantine is in the Falmouth Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Constantine, Falmouth, Mylor and Penryn. Parishes within the district are: Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St. Gluvias.

The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Berkely House, 12-14 Berkeley Vale, Falmouth, TR11 3PH. Tel: 01326 312606.


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"CONSTANTINE, a parish in the hundred of Kerrier, in the county of Cornwall, 7 miles S.W. of Falmouth, its post town, and 6 E. of Helston. It is situated on the river Helford, from the banks of which there are fine views. Petty sessions are held, as also courts leet and baron annually for Lord Clinton, and a manor court for Sir R. Vivian, Bart., the lord of the manor. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Exeter, value £485, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to St. Constantine, is a handsome Gothic edifice, and contains tombs of the Gerveyses of Bonallack. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have chapels in the village, and there are British and Sunday schools. In the vicinity is a large granite boulder, called the Tolmen, 33 feet in height, which is estimated to weigh 760 tons. This village is a meet for the Four Barrow hounds. A cattle fair is held on the Wednesday nearest Midsummer Day."



  • 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.
    • The OPC has produced a website for Constantine to help those researching in that parish.
  • British-Genealogy have a mailing list for those wanting to discuss ancestry in Constantine.

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 Constantine ecclesiastical parish:



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SW739298 (Lat/Lon: 50.124973, -5.165103), Constantine which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Constantine parish was part of the Falmouth Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
  • Overseers' Accounts (1719 to 1760) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.


  • Population in 1801 - 129 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1327 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1671 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 2004 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 2042 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 2093 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 2014 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 2070 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1924 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1771 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1748 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1615 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1570 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1565 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1867 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1791 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1930 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1510 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1607 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1705 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1789 persons

Religion & Religious Life

In the May of 1641 it was agreed and ordered that every Member of the House of Commons and House of Lords should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty) to the crown. The Protestation was printed and then distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The Protestation Returns of 1642 for Constantine are available on-line.



The parish comprised 8023 acres of land, one acre of water, 263 acres of tidal water and 211 acres of foreshore.