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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

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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.

  3 Jan 1733, Elizabeth BOND 5 Nov 1745, John JOPE
  16 Jan 1737, George KNILL 6 May 1746, Grace TREIS
  18 Jan 1737, Robert MANATON 7 Aug 1746, John KEAST
  22 Apr 1738, James HAYE, proved 1751 11 May 1854, William GARLAND
  21 Nov 1740, Joan BOWHAY  

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


For a Parish Locator map, please click here. Callington can be located at coordinates J/K - 6.

For further map information, please visit GenUKI (Genealogy - United Kingdom & Ireland).

To see a current, zoomable Ordnance Survey map, visit MultiMap, or for maps and satellite images use Google Maps.


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