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The parish of


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.

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 22 Jun 1749, John HAYE, proved 1759
  20 Feb 1654, Joane HODGE 25 Jun 1759, Mary DOIDGE
  4 May 1655, John HEY 10 Jun 1789, David HORNDON, proved 1796
  31 Mar 1656, Richard LAMPEN 15 Mar 1793, John KERSWELL
  13 Jan 1656, James WESTCOTT 23 Dec 1793, Revd James MESSENGER, proved 1815
  30 Jan 1656, John WESTCOTT 21 Feb 1801, William BENNICKE, proved 1813
  13 Jul 1659, Peeter RUBBY 20 Jul 1803, Jane TOSER
  4 Sep 1688, Charles SMITH 11 May 1804, Elizabeth HORNDON
  3 Jan 1733, Elizabeth BOND 10 Dec 1806, Samuel Rake ELLIOTT
  16 Jan 1737, George KNILL 21 May 1807, Elizabeth HORNDON
  18 Jan 1737, Robert MANATON 16 Aug 1812, Hannah HORNDON
  22 Apr 1738, James HAYE, proved 1751 7 Aug 1814, Robert Tom BLACKLER, proved 1844
  21 Nov 1740, Joan BOWHAY 22 Apr 1815, Hugh MALLETT
  5 Nov 1745, John JOPE 25 Apr 1816, Humphry BRYANT
  6 May 1746, Grace TREIS 14 Aug 1818, Mary Ann MALLETT
  7 Aug 1746, John KEAST 28 Nov 1828, Elizabeth COUCHE
  13 Oct 1748, Samuel WINTER 11 May 1854, William GARLAND

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