St Pinnock


The parish of St Pinnock is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of West. It is bounded on the north by St Neot and Liskeard, on the east by Liskeard and Duloe, on the south by Lanreath, and on the west by Bradock (Broad Oak). There is a reference to a St Pynnock in 1395 but not much else is known of this saint who gave his name to this parish west of Liskeard.

The small village of St Pinnock is south of the A38 between Liskeard and Lostwithiel. The villages are the Churchtown, East Taphouse, and Penfrane or Penvrane.

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)





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 SX2063 and was dedicated to St Pinnock (Pynocus). It consists of a chancel, nave, north aisle, and south transept. The arcade has four four-centred arches supported on monolith granite pillars with caps of Pentewan stone. The entrances are a south porch and a priest's door. The tower has three low stages, is buttressed on the square, and terminates with battlements and pinnacles; it contains four bells. The churchyard is entered through a lych gate.
  • Non-Conformist. There was a Bible Christian chapel at Bethel, and a United Methodist Free Church chapel at Connon.

Church Records

  • LDS Church Records.
    • The LDS Church batch numbers for St Pinnock are: P021791. These are searchable by surname.
    • The IGI coverage of this parish is 1682 - 1772.
  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1566 - 1978, Burials 1546 - 1896, Marriages 1539 - 1948, Boyd's Marriage Index 1597 - 1673, BTs 1597 - 1673.
  • The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
    • 1813-37 Marriages
    • 1813-37 Burials.
  • Baptisms.
    • Baptisms 1813 to 1911 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • The Parish Chest have published on CD baptisms 1738 to 1840 for this parish.
  • Banns. Banns 1835 to 1911 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
  • Marriages.
    • Callington Area Heritage Centre (broken link) have placed on-line marriage records for St Pinnock 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 1813 to 1896 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 Book format.

Civil Registration

The parish of St Pinnock 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.


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"ST PINNOCK, a parish in the hundred of West, county Cornwall, 4 miles S.W. of Liskeard, its post town, and 6 E. of Lostwithiel. The village, which is small and chiefly agricultural, is situated on the great western Tori from Plymouth to Truro and Falmouth. There is a silver and lead mine at Herotsfoot, which, after having been abandoned for some years, has recently been reopened. Stone of good quality for building is quarried. The soil is light, and rather barren, resting upon a subsoil of rock. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £285, and the glebe consists of about 30 acres. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £285. The church is an ancient stone structure, with a tower containing four bells. There are chapels for Bible Christians and Calvinistic Methodists, also a free school and a Sunday-school, the last in connexion with the church.



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 St Pinnock ecclesiastical parish:

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX200632 (Lat/Lon: 50.440944, -4.536581), St Pinnock which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

St Pinnock parish was part of the Liskeard Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.



  • Population in 1801 - 302 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 316 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 431 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 425 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 421 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 627 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 571 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 577 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 500 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 433 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 421 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 376 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 374 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 337 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 339 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 342 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 000 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 410 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 455 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 621 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 673 persons


The parish comprises 3486 acres of land and 2 acres of water.