Lanhydrock (Cornish: Lannhydrek) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Pydar. It is bounded on the north by the parish of Bodmin, on the east by St Winnow and Cardinham, on the south by Lanlivery, and on the west by Lanivet. The name means Church site of St Hydrock. Lanhydrock is in the centre of Cornwall south of Bodmin parish. The parish is probably the manor referred to in the Domesday Survey of 1086 as Lanredrock.

Lanhydrock House, which dominates the parish, was originally built by the Robartes family (the Earls of Radnor) in the 17th century. In 1881 this house was destroyed by fire but was rebuilt shortly afterwards using local stone and timber. It is now owned by the National Trust, has most impressive gardens, and it attracts thousands of visitors every year.

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 Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 251 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 SX0863; it is dedicated to St Hydock whose Feast Day is 5th May. It comprises a chacel, nave, and north and south aisles. The arcades, each comprise four four-centred arches, are supported on monolith granite pillars. There is a south porch. The tower, which is of three stages, is finished with battlements and pinnacles; it contains one bell. The church was once connected with the religious establishments located in Bodmin.
    The parish is now part of the Bodmin Team Ministry which has an on-line website.
  • Non-Conformist.

Church Records

  • LDS Church Records.
    • The LDS Church batch numbers for Lanhydrock are: P002161, M002161. These are searchable by surname.
    • The IGI coverage of this parish is 1559 to 1812.
  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1561 - 1913, Burials 1558 - 1805, Marriages 1559 - 1837, Boyds Marriage Index 1559 - 1812, Pallot's Marriage Index 1790 - 1812.
  • The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
    • Pre 1813 Marriages
    • 1813-37 Marriages
  • Marriages.
    • Phillimore marriages in this parish 1559 to 1812 are available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Marriages 1559 to 1837, which is available in Book, CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
  • Burials. The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Burials 1813 to 1837, which is available in Book format.

Civil Registration

The parish of Lanhydrock is in the Bodmin Registration District and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts are Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Blisland, Bodmin, Bodmin Borough, Cardinham, Egloshayle, Endellion, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanviet, Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, Luxulion, St. Kew, St. Mabyn, St. Minver Highlands, St. Minver Lowlands, St. Tudy, St. Winnow, Temple, Wadebridge, Warleggon, Withiel.

The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"LANHYDROCK, a parish in the hundred of Pyder, county Cornwall 2 miles S.E. of Bodmin, its post town. The village, which is small, is situated on the river Fowey, and near the turnpike road from Bodmin to Truro. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The principal residence is Lanhydrock House, built in the early part of the 17th century. It is an embattled structure of granite forming three sides of a quadrangle approached under an archway and an avenue of trees nearly a mile in length. It was garrisoned for the parliament in the Civil War, and surrendered to Sir Richard Granville in 1644. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Exeter. The church, dedicated to St. Hydrock, is a small stone structure with an embattled tower. There is an ancient cross in the churchyard. There are two National schools. The Hon. Mrs. Agar is lady of the manor."



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.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX086639 (Lat/Lon: 50.443528, -4.696435), Lanhydrock which are provided by:



Apprenticeship Indentures for Lanhydrock (1806, 1822 Register) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Lanhydrock parish was part of the Bodmin Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief. Overseers' Accounts (1811 to 1837) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.



  • Population in 1801 - 187 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 235 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 251 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 239 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 263 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 231 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 197 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 194 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 186 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 192 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 200 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 256 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 213 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 190 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 169 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 157 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 170 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 155 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 170 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 171 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 186 persons


The parish comprises 1713 acres of land.