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Callington Grammar School
Callington School
Postcard published by J. Venning, The Post Office, Callington

Originally a Saxon settlement and mentioned in the Domesday Book as Calwetone, Callington is now a busy market town, with a population of about five thousand people, and is the home of Ginsters Cornish Pasties.

More information and photographs can be found on the town's official website.

The school (pictured left) has featured in the education of many local people. As Callington Grammar School, its catchment area included 11+ students from Stokeclimsland, St Dominick and Calstock parishes. It is now the home of Callington Primary School.

The railway shed (pictured right) was part of Callington station at Kelly Bray, some distance from the town itself. The local landmark of Kit Hill can be seen in the distance.

The part of the branch line from Gunnislake to Kelly Bray closed in 1966, as part of the Beeching Axe. The last train left Callington on 5 November, to the sound of detonators & fireworks, and carrying a wreath.

Kelly Bray Station
Part of Callington Railway Station at Kelly Bray

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The volunteer OPC (Genealogy) for Callington is Jenny Elliston, who can be contacted at

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



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.


For Parish Register information, please see our searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently.


  1830, Pigot's  

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


Bastardy Bonds:

  1. dated 2 Sep 1783, naming Mary BENNETT of Pillaton and John BARTLETT of this Parish.


  1. dated 1 February 1836, concerning land in St Blazey but mentioning William and Mary PETHERICK of this parish.

Law breakers:

  1. An article concerning William BARTLETT (1837 - 1882), born Callington, hanged for a murder committed whilst he was Foreman of Messrs Freeman’s Colkerrow Granite Quarry, Lanlivery.

Manorial Records:

  1690 Manor of Frogwell & Durnaford in the Parishes of Callington & St Ive (part of a transcription for several Manors which can be found here).
  1690 Manor of Greston including Borough of Callington (also part of the larger transcription mentioned above).

Voters Lists:

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


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.

  28 Sep 1614, Thomas CRABBE 21 May 1807, Elizabeth HORNDON
  2 Nov 1653, Peter JOPE/JOPPE 15 Jul 1808, Mary FORTESCUE, proved 1816
  20 Feb 1654, Joane HODGE 16 Aug 1812, Hannah HORNDON
  4 May 1655, John HEY 21 Jan 1813, Elizabeth KINSMAN, proved 1828
  31 Mar 1656, Richard LAMPEN 7 Aug 1814, Robert Tom BLACKLER, proved 1844
  13 Jan 1656, James WESTCOTT 7 Apr 1815, Mary KERSWELL
  30 Jan 1656, John WESTCOTT 22 Apr 1815, Hugh MALLETT
  13 Jul 1659, Peeter RUBBY 25 Apr 1816, Humphry BRYANT
  4 Sep 1688, Charles SMITH 14 Aug 1818, Mary Ann MALLETT
  3 Jan 1733, Elizabeth BOND 12 Mar 1821, John HARRIS
  16 Jan 1737, George KNILL 2 Dec 1826, William MOONE, proved 1833
  18 Jan 1737, Robert MANATON 28 Nov 1828, Elizabeth COUCHE
  22 Apr 1738, James HAYE, proved 1751 12 May 1830, William Hickes HORNDON
  21 Nov 1740, Joan BOWHAY 25 May 1836, Robert BOLITHO, proved 1844
  5 Nov 1745, John JOPE 19 Apr 1837, Samuel BENNY
  6 May 1746, Grace TREIS 23 Sep 1838, Nicholas RUNDLE, Junior
  7 Aug 1746, John KEAST 5 Jun 1839, Sir William Pratt CALL, proved 1852
  13 Oct 1748, Samuel WINTER 18 Feb 1841, Joanna KINSMAN, date is of proving
  22 Jun 1749, John HAYE, proved 1759 19 Jul 1841, Mary Ann MULES
  19 May 1752, Hannah MOODY 7 Sep 1843, Walter HOCKIN
  25 Jun 1759, Mary DOIDGE 13 Feb 1844, Thomas Rake ELLIOTT
  10 Jun 1789, David HORNDON, proved 1796 30 Apr 1846, Gabriel BICKELL, proved 1852
  15 Mar 1793, John KERSWELL 16 Dec 1846, Mary HAYE
  23 Dec 1793, Revd James MESSENGER, proved 1815 18 Feb 1849, Martha THOMAS
  21 Feb 1801, William BENNICKE, proved 1813 27 Feb 1852, William Davey HAYE
  20 Jul 1803, Jane TOSER 26 Nov 1853, Caroline HAYE
  11 May 1804, Elizabeth HORNDON 11 May 1854, William GARLAND
  10 Dec 1806, Samuel Rake ELLIOTT  

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


For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To find the local government (civil) Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab.

The ecclesiastical (church) parish boundaries can be found by searching here on the Church of England website.

To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for Callington at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


St Ive, South Hill, Stoke Climsland, Calstock, St Dominick and St Mellion.


  1. Callington 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 n190). Also downloadable as a pdf. Also found in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume II under Kellington.
  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. Venning's New Century Postal Directory of 20 Parishes in East Cornwall, published 1901. Included several pages of advertisements from local businesses, as well as being a parish directory