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)
The Constantine Heritage Centre is at:
The Tolmen Centre,
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:
- The 1841 Census of Constantine (HO107/136) (Enumeration Districts 1 to 4), is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- The 1841 census for this parish has also been filmed by the LDS church - film No. 241260.
- The 1851 Census of Constantine (HO107/1911) (Enumeration Districts 3a, 3b, 3c and 3d), is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- The New Zealand Society of Genealogists have compiled separate surname indexes of the 1851 Census for each Cornish registration district; Constantine is listed in Volume 23. The booklets are available in Cornwall at the Cornwall Centre, (formerly known as the Cornish Studies Library), and is also available in the Cornwall FHS Library.
- 1861. The 1861 Census of Constantine (RG9/1568), (Enumeration Districts 3 to 6 (including shipping)), is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1871. The 1871 Census of Constantine (RG10/2298) is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project as follows:
- 1881. The 1881 Census of Constantine (RG11/2320), Enumeration Districts 3 to 6, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1891. The 1891 Census of Constantine (RG12/1838) is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project as follows:
- 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.
- LDS Church Records.
- The LDS Church batch numbers for Constantine are: C052731/2, E006391, M006391, P006391. These are searchable by surname.
- The IGI coverage of this parish is 1571 - 1875.
- CRO Record Holdings. The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1571 - 1943, Burials 1562 - 1911, Marriages 1571 - 1974, Boyd's Marriage Index 1571 - 1812, Pallot's Marriage Index 1800 - 1812.
- The OPC has placed on-line baptisms at Constantine as follows:
- Baptisms in the parish 1664 to 1772 (Bishop's Transcripts), and 1788 to 1901 (parish transcripts, with gaps) are also available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
- The Cornish Forefathers' Society have published on CD baptisms 1741 to 1843 for this parish and these are available for purchse from Parish Chest.
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Marriages 1571 to 1837, which is available in Book, CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
- The OPC has placed on-line marriages at Constantine as follows:
- Marriages in the parish 1571 to 1812 (Phillimore's), 1674 to 1767 (Bishop's transcripts), and 1754 to 1901 (parish transcripts), are also available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Burials 1813 to 1837, which is available in Book format.
- The OPC has placed on-line burials at Constantine as follows:
- Burials in the parish 1674 to 1772 (Bishop's transcripts), and 1788 to 1901 (parish transcripts) are also available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
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.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Constantine to another place.
"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.
- British-Genealogy have a mailing list for those wanting to discuss ancestry in Constantine.
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:
- Constantine (Scs Constantin, Sct Constantin), Grid Reference 731291.
- Tucoyse (Tucowit, Tvcowit), Grid Reference 713203.
You can see the administrative areas in which Constantine has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Map of the Falmouth Registration District in which the parish lies.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SW735298 (Lat/Lon: 50.125209, -5.169586), Constantine which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- 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.
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.