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CONSTANTINE

Constantine
The Parish Church

Constantine is situated in the deanery and Hundred of Kerrier, and is one of the largest Parishes in Cornwall. In 1869, it was bounded on the east by Budock and Mawnan, on the south by Helford Creek, which separates it from Manaccan, St Martins and Mawgan-in-Meneage, and on the west and north by Wendron, Stithians and Mabe. The parish is named after its patron, Saint Constantine. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Saint Constantin.

The population of the parish is just over 2,000, about half living in the village of Constantine itself, and the rest in other smaller villages or hamlets - Gweek, Seworgan, Brill, Port Navas, Budock Vean, Helford Passage - or on isolated farms.

On approaching Constantine, the high tower of the Church stands prominently upon an ancient mound that is probably the remains of an original Celtic monastery. Built between 1420-1480, it is dedicated to St. Constantine who, according to legend, was a chieftain or prince around the 5th century A.D. From the main porch the view southwards is superb, with a deep valley ahead and the Goonhilly Downs beyond.

Employment over the centuries has centred on the river, farming and granite quarries. Now, with very little quarrying done, and no schooners and barques using the river, tourism is very important, with lots of vessels enjoying the river with its beautiful creeks and small beaches. Walkers, garden lovers and golfers all recharge their batteries in this lovely area.


Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Constantine is Damien Willey, who can be contacted at chewiebeast@hotmail.com.
Damien's website for this Parish can be viewed here.
 
 Contact details for the current parish council can be found here.
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 information, please see our searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently or GenUKI. The C-PROP coverage page is here.

DIRECTORIES:

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

OTHER:

Bastardy/Filiation Documents:

  1. dated 31 Dec 1790, naming James MITCHELLS of this Parish

Settlement Papers:

  10 May 1792, Thomas & Margaret ROWE & Family (& Truro) 2 Apr 1817, Richard & Jane HILL & family (& Probus)

Voters Lists:

  1. 1832/34

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.

  8 Aug 1674, Michaell BATH alias ROSEWARNE 14 May 1748, Anthony ROBERTS
  7 Apr 1741, Francis RASLEY (proved 1751) 18 Jun 1751, John PELLOW/PELEWE

For a document dated 28 Dec 1894, listing lunatic paupers, click here.

The Constantine Heritage Collection includes archives and photographs.

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 Constantine 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:

Budock, Mawnan, Mabe, Stithians and Wendron.

ONLINE BOOKS:

  1. Constantine 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 n276). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. The Circle, or Historical Survey of Sixty Parishes and Towns in Cornwall, by William Penaluna, first published in 1819.
  3. Phillimore's Marriages Vol XV transcripts including Constantine (transcribed and in our database)