The parish of Pelynt, (Cornish: Plywnennys), is in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north by Lanreath and Duloe, on the east by Duloe and Talland, on the south by Talland and Lansallos, and on the west by Lansallos and Lanreath. The name means 'parish of' plus name of saint whose identity is not known for certain, but is considered to be St Nonna, the mother of St David of Wales. The small village of Pelynt lies to the north of the coastal resort of Polperro.
The original Trelawne House, home of the Trelawney family, was built in the 13th century. Sir Jonathan Trelawny was one of the seven bishops imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1688 for refusing to implement the Declaration Of Indulgence edicts of King James II; They were tried for sedition, but aquitted. He is the the subject of the Cornish Anthem bearing his surname. The nearby manor of Tregarrick was the home of the Winslades. John Winslade was executed in 1549 for his support of the Cornish Prayer Book rebellion.
The only village is the Churchtown.
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 - 426 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:
- 1841 Census. The 1841 Census of Pelynt (HO107/153), Enumeration Districts 7 and 8, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1851 Census. The 1851 Census of Pelynt (HO107/1903), Enumeration Districts 1a and 1b, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1861 Census. The 1861 Census of Pelynt (RG9/1531), Enumeration Districts 4 and 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1871 Census. The 1871 Census of Pelynt (RG10/2241), Enumeration Districts 4 and 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1881. The 1881 Census of Pelynt (RG11/2287), Enumeration Districts 4 and 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- 1891 Census. The 1891 Census of Pelynt (RG12/1812), Enumeration Districts 4 and 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
- Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SX2055 and was dedicated to St Nonna. It consists of a chancel, nave, north aisle, south transept or Trelawny aisle (exchanged for the north aisle in 1680), and a vestry. The arcade consists of four elliptical arches with plain soffits, supported on cylindrical monolith pillars. In the trelawny transept was preserved Bishop Trelawny's crozier. There are a south porch, a priest's door, and a transept door. The tower is of three stages, is 62 feet high, and is finished with battlements and pinnacles tipped with balls. The tower has diagonal buttresses, and the pinnacles rise from embattled turrets. The belfry contained four bells.
- Non-Conformist. The Wesleyan Association and Wesleyan Methodists both had chapels in the parish.
- LDS Church Records.
- The LDS Church batch numbers for Pelynt are: C052971, E052971, M052971. These are searchable by surname.
- The IGI coverage of this parish is 1610 - 1837.
- The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1678 - 1993, Burials 1720 - 1992, Marriages 1693 - 1971, Boyd's Marriage Index 1610 - 1673, BTs 1610 - 1673.
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
- 1813-37 Marriages
- 1813-37 Burials.
- Baptisms 1846 to 1900 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- The Cornish Forefathers' Society have published on CD, baptisms 1720 to 1840 for this parish which can be purchased on Parish Chest.
- Banns. Banns 1824 to 1911 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
- Marriages 1693 to 1911 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 Pelynt parish 1813 to 1837.
- The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Marriages 1610 to 1837, which is available in Book, CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
The parish of Pelynt has always been in the Liskeard Registration District. There were sub-districts at Callington, Lerrin, Liskeard and Looe, but these closed in the 1930s. 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.
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"PELYNT, (or Plynt), a parish in the hundred of West, county Cornwall, 9 miles S. of Liskeard, its post town, and 22 E. of Plymouth. The village, which is small, is chiefly agricultural. It is mentioned in Domesday Book as Plewent, and was then held by Robert, Earl of Mortaigne. There are numerous barrows in the parish. The soil is of a mixed nature, with a subsoil of slate. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £400, and the vicarial for £235. The glebe comprises 50 acres. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Exeter, value £240. The church, dedicated to St. Nunn, has a tower containing four bells. The church has a curious monument to Francis Buller, also one to the Achym family, bearing date 1586. The parochial charities produce about £6 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes, in which a Sunday-school is held. The executors of General J. F. Buller are lords of the manor. At Trelawney, in this parish, are remains of a castellated mansion built by Lord Bonville in the 15th century.
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 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 Pelynt ecclesiastical parish:
You can see the administrative areas in which Pelynt has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
- Map of the Liskeard Registration District in which the parish lies.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX204550 (Lat/Lon: 50.367857, -4.527055), Pelynt which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- 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.)
Apprenticeship Indentures for Pelynt (1810 - 1833) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.
- Pelynt parish was part of the Liskeard Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
- Overseers' Accounts (1692 to 1837) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.