The parish of Lanivet (Cornish: Lanneves) is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Pydar. It is bounded on the north by Bodmin, on the east by Bodmin and Lanhydrock, on the south by Lanlivery and Luxulyan, and on the west by Roche and Withiel. Lanivet means the 'Church site (lann), at Neved'. Since Neved means 'a pagan sacred place', this must have been a pre-existing name. This parish is in the geographical centre of Cornwall near the A30 trunk road through Cornwall. At one time Lanivet had eleven copper mines, now all closed. It was on the old 'Saints Way', along which the early Christian saints travelled from Ireland, via Padstow.

The villages are the Churchtown, Lamorick, Gold Bank or Nanstallon, Bokiddick, Tregullon and part of St Lawrence.

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 - 326 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. There are two Anglican churches within the parish:
    • The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SX0364; it is dedicated to St Nivet. It is supposed to stand in the very centre of the Cornwall land mass. The present church dates from the 15th century; it comprises a chancel, nave, and north and south aisles. The arcades each comprise six four-centred arches of St Stepherns stone, supported on pillars of the same material. There is a south porch and a priest's door, both guarded with iron gates. The tower is of three stories, is strongly buttressed and finished with battlements; it contains six bells. The church was restored in 1864, during which some relics of a previous church were found worked into the walls. A record was found on the dedication of the high altar of a former church in 1338.
    • Nanstallon. There is a Mission Church to Bodmin at Nanstallon.

    The parish is now part of the Bodmin Team Ministry which is on-line.

  • Non-Conformist. There were Wesleyan Methodist chapels at the Churchtown, Tretoil, and St Lawrence, and Bible Christian chapels at the Churchtown, at Mount Pleasant (to which a cemetery was attached), and at Gold Bank.

Church Records

  • LDS Church Records.
  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1656 - 1945, Burials 1670 - 1968
    Marriages 1670 - 1965, Boyd's Marriage Index 1608 - 1812, Pallot's Marriage Index 1790 -1812.
  • The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
    • Pre 1813 Marriages
    • 1813-37 Marriages
    • 1813-37 Burials
  • Baptisms.
    • Baptisms in this parish 1664 to 1911 are available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • The Cornish Forefathers' Society have published on CD, baptisms 1700 to 1840 for this parish which can be purchased on Parish Chest.
  • Banns. Banns in this parish 1754 to 1812 are available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
  • Marriages.
    • The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Marriages 1608 to 1837, which is available in Book, CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
    • Phillimore's marriages 1608 to 1812, and parish transcripts 1670 to 1912, for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • Phillimore's Marriages at Lanivet - 1608 to 1812 are available on-line from UK Genealogy Archives.
  • Burials.
    • Burials in this parish 1670 to 1900 are 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.

Civil Registration

The parish of Lanivet 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

    "LANIVET, a parish in the hundred of Pyder, county Cornwall, 2 miles S.W. of Bodmin, its post town. It is a large agricultural parish, situated on the turnpike road from Bodmin to Truro, and contains the hamlets of Bodwanick, Lamorick, Tremore, and St. Lawrence. A portion of the inhabitants are engaged in mining. The soil is various, with subsoil slate and dunstone. The living is a rectory 0 in the diocese of Exeter, value £667. The church is an ancient structure, with a tower containing six bells. The interior of the church contains a font, two crosses, and tombs to the Courtenays. In the churchyard is an ancient Maltese cross. The charities produce about £151 per annum, chiefly arising from the nunnery lands. This sum is. applied in aid of the poor-rates. There is a National school for both sexes. The Bible Christians and Wesleyans have each a place of worship. The principal residence is St. Benet's, built out of the ruins of a nunnery, recently restored with the exception of the tower, which remains in a ruined state. The nunnery is of unknown foundation, but supposed to have been subordinate to some foreign house. William Michell, Esq., M.P., and the Rev. William Phillips Flamank are lords 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.


    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 Lanivet ecclesiastical parish:



    You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX040644 (Lat/Lon: 50.446841, -4.762708), Lanivet which are provided by:




    Poor Houses, Poor Law

    • Lanivet parish was part of the Bodmin Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
    • Overseers' Accounts (1792 to 1818), Settlement Papers (1679 to 1814) and Bastardy Bonds (1621 to 1795) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.


    • Population in 1801 - 513 persons
    • Population in 1811 - 687 persons
    • Population in 1821 - 803 persons
    • Population in 1831 - 922 persons
    • Population in 1841 - 1149 persons
    • Population in 1851 - 1149 persons
    • Population in 1861 - 1151 persons
    • Population in 1871 - 1196 persons
    • Population in 1881 - 1030 persons
    • Population in 1891 - 981 persons
    • Population in 1901 - 886 persons
    • Population in 1911 - 970 persons
    • Population in 1921 - 939 persons
    • Population in 1931 - 940 persons
    • Population in 1951 - 1070 persons
    • Population in 1961 - 1019 persons
    • Population in 1971 - 1084 persons
    • Population in 1981 - 1370 persons
    • Population in 1991 - 1583 persons
    • Population in 2001 - 1844 persons
    • Population in 2011 - 1961 persons


    The parish comprises 5426 acres of land.