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The parish of

ANTONY

has been given a variety of names, including Antony-in-East, Antony St Jacob, and East Antony. It has also been called Antony-by-Rame, and was called Antone in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Situated in the Hundred and deanery of East, and separated from the town of Devonport by the Hamoaze, Antony is nestled in the South-eastern corner of Cornwall. The parish is named after Saint Antony and possibly Anta's Farm. The parish of Antony is now in the Caradon District Council.
Antony should not be confused with Anthony in Meneage in the Lizard peninsula, nor Anthony in Roseland, which is just across the bay near Truro. (Click here for close-up map) Many older records did not distinguish between them clearly; all have been referred to merely as "Anthony" at some time. The 1884 parish locator map on our site has indicated "Anthony" for this parish.
The "new" parish of Torpoint, created from Antony in 1819, lies in the south-east corner of the older Antony parish. The parish is mainly farmland to the West, while the town of Torpoint lies in the east of the parish. There are two forts in the parish, Scraesdon and Tregantle; the latter is currently used as a base camp for the adjacent military firing range. Tregantle was built in 1865 to protect the port of Plymouth from French iron-clad ships, and was designed to hold 35 guns.

The elegant church, with its spire, was dedicated to St James (the Great) on 14th October 1259. The present church is thought to have been built around 1420. It is situated on an eminence above the village, and the ascent to it is by flights of granite steps. The church was completely renovated in the middle of the 19th century. The old bench ends in the church have been incorporated into the pulpit and the stalls in the chancel.

There is another Anglican Church (formerly a chapelry) at Merrifield (Maryfield). The building is small and plain in the Decorated style, containing several stained-glass windows.


Entrance to Tregantle Fort
© English Heritage, 1995
   

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The OPC (Genealogy) for Antony is Em Gordon.

For information about, and contact details for, the current parish council please see this website.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.


PARISH INFORMATION

CENSUS:

Please visit COCP (Cornwall Online Census Project), which is complete for 1841 to 1891 and validated, FreeCens at Rootsweb - both are free, searchable databases - or check GenUKI for other alternatives.

REGISTERS:

For Parish Register records, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently. For records of the church at Maryfield (Merrifield), please contact Fred Hancock.

DIRECTORIES:

  1830, Pigot's Directory for Torpoint  

For more information visit the University of Leicester's Directories website, which has many directories online to view for free.

OTHER:

To view a Bastardy Order, dated 19 Jun 1749, naming Mary and Grace SHELTON/SKELTON of Landulph and Thomas POMEROY of this Parish, click here.

Overseers' Accounts:

  1. 1809-1811, mentioning the names of many local residents

Settlement Papers:

  15 Feb 1788, Margaret MACMANNERS (& Truro) 14 Mar 1822, Ann BURKE, Antony (& Sheviock)
  19 Sep 1793, Thomas JOHNS and family (& Sheviock)  

Voters Lists:

  1. 1851/52
  2. 1852/53
  3. 1864/65

Wills:

A list of available Wills and Probate Documents. Copies of those marked as CRO can be ordered from here using the appropriate reference.  For those marked as NA enter the reference in the search box on this page and follow the onscreen instructions.

  22 Jan 1606, Thomas HENDY 14 Feb 1745, William VINSON, mariner
  20 Dec 1609, John HARROD 5 Jun 1746, Philip PETT
  19 Mar 1611, Stephen HODGE 20 Feb 1747, Sir Coventry CAREW
  18 Jul 1744, Ralph READY, mariner  

Notes on the JACKSON family of Antony, discovered and contributed by John Hine.

For more information regarding history, population, etc., visit GenUKI.

MAPS:

For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To see the Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab for Government Boundaries.

For maps and satellite images use Google Maps.

To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for Antony Cornwall at http://maps.google.co.uk/, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.

 

ADJACENT PARISHES:

Sheviock, St Stephens by Saltash, Torpoint (post-1813), Millbrook (post-1867) and Maker (pre-1867).

ONLINE BOOKS:

  1. Antony (St Anthony in East) is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume I by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838 (page n72). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. The Cornwall Register by John Wallis, A.M. F.S.S., then Vicar of Bodmin, printed 1847. If the in-built search produces no results, use the index pages (474-476) to find your parish of interest. Tables of statistics and other data can be found at the beginning of the book, starting at page n9.
  3. Heraldic Church Notes from Cornwall; containing the Heraldry and Genealogical Particulars on every Memorial in Ten Churches in the Deanery of East, by Arthur J. Jewers, F.S.A. Includes extracts from parish registers &c.