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The parish of Morval, (Cornish: Morval), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north by Liskeard and Menheniot, on the east by St Germans, on the south by St Martins, and on the west by Duloe. The parish consists of rolling countryside and is located just north of the south coast fishing port of Looe. The origin of name is unknown. Morval House was once the home of the Buller and Kitson families. At one time canal boats would come up the river to Sandplace and discharge cargoes of seaweed which would be spread on the fields as fertiliser. The boats would then return to Looe with lime from the kilns.

The only village in the parish is that of Sandplace.

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 on-line Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 1253 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:


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Morval area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SX2656, and is dedicated to St Wenna. It was built in the 13th century, and comprises a chancel, nave, north aisle, south transept and a vestry. The arcade consists of five four-centred arches supported on monolith granite pillars. The tower has three stages and low crocketed pinnacles; it contains five bells.
  • Non-Conformist. There was a Wesleyan Association chapel at Widegate. At Sandplace, a chapel was built in 1864 by J F Buller JP, the Lord of the Manor, for the purpose of holding religious services there.

Church Records

  • LDS Church Records.
    • The LDS Church batch numbers for Morval are: C052931, E052931, M052931. These are searchable by surname.
    • The IGI coverage of this parish is 1538 - 1837.
  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1542 - 1902, Burials 1538 - 1880, Marriages 1539 - 1946, Boyd's Marriage Index 1597 - 1670, BTs 1597 - 1670.
  • The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
    • 1813-37 Marriages
    • 1813-37 Burials.
  • Baptisms.
    • Baptisms 1682 to 1804 (Bishop's transcripts) for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • The Parish Chest have published on CD, baptisms 1730 to 1840 for this parish.
  • Marriages.
    • Marriages 1682 to 1804 (Bishop's transcripts) for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • Callington Area Heritage Centre (broken link) have placed on-line marriage records for Morval parish 1813 to 1837.
    • The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Marriages 1539 to 1837, which is available in Book, CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
  • Burials.
    • Burials 1682 to 1804 for this parish 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 CD or Book formats.

Civil Registration

The parish of Morval has always been in the Liskeard Registration District. There were sub-districts at Callington, Lerrin, Liskeard and Looe, but these closed in the 1930's. Parishes within the district are: Boconnoc, Broadoak, Callington, Calstock (1837-60), Duloe, East Looe, Lanreath, Lansallos, Lanteglos, Linkinhorne, Liskeard, Liskeard Borough, Menheniot, Morval, Pelynt, St. Cleer, St. Dominick, St. Ive, St. Keyne, St. Martin's, St. Neot, St. Pinnock, St. Veep, Southill, Talland and West Looe. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Graylands, Dean Street, Liskeard, PL14 4AH. Tel: 01579 343442.


Description and Travel

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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 Morval ecclesiastical parish:

You can see the administrative areas in which Morval has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Apprenticeship Indentures for Morval (1729 - 1829) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Morval parish was part of the Liskeard Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
  • Overseers' Accounts (1794 to 1797), Settlement Papers (1744) and Bastardy Bonds (1731 to 1819) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.


  • Population in 1801 - 533 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 574 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 615 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 644 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 733 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 745 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 765 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 715 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 664 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 622 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 600 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 548 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 577 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 550 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 539 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 475 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 507 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 630 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 615 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 616 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 711 persons


The parish comprised 3556 acres of land, 12 acres of water, 4 acres of tidal water and 7 acres of foreshore.