The parish of
St Dominick Church
© Myra Cordrey
St Dominick Parish is a rural area, with a
total population which has not exceeded a thousand people. It is mainly
agricultural (grazing land and market gardening) but still shows
evidence of its part in the mining boom of the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries. Kit Hill and its surrounding mining remains are not far to
the north west.
St Dominick village is the main settlement, with groups of houses at
Bohetherick, Burraton, Cross, Halton Quay and Ashton, the last two being
mentioned in the Domesday Survey. There are also numerous individual
Halton Quay flourished in the days before the advent of rail and
mechanised road transport, as one of the points at which lime and
'street sweepings' (manure) came in from Plymouth, and fruit and flowers
were sent down the Tamar. Photographs of the Quay are on the OPC's
View of the Village from
St Dominick Church
© Myra Cordrey
Today the parish has many new houses, the residents of some being
commuters. Bed and Breakfast accommodation and a few ancient 'pubs'
serve the tourist industry and many of the old cottages have been
renovated and extended. However the road layout has not changed much
over the years, single tracks, with passing places and high hedges
alongside, being the norm. The small, steep valleys provide challenges
for people on foot, but also sheltered areas for isolated buildings.
Like most of the surrounding area, it was/is often the case that
residents of St Dominick lived closer to the Church of a different
Parish, so it is worthwhile for researchers to look through records for
Callington, Calstock, Pillaton and St Mellion.
The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Dominick is Myra Cordrey,
who can be contacted at
For information about (and contact details for) the
council, please see
Contact details for the church can be found by searching
Information can be found at
COCP - the Cornwall Online Census Project - which is complete
for 1841 to 1891 and has been verified,
FreeCen at Rootsweb, which has a very good search engine and, for
While many parish registers have been transcribed
by the LDS, and are available in their IGI
section, they are indexes only. (Baptisms in the IGI are from 1585 - 1875, marriages from 1588 - 1718).
For full transcriptions, please visit my website, which is updated frequently.
Additionally, all transcriptions have been added to our searchable database
(C-PROP), which is updated frequently. The C-PROP parish coverage page is here.
1813 - 1900 A list of residents of Calstock & St Dominick who were buried in
For information, see GenUKI (link below) or visit the University
of Leicester's Directories website, which has many directories online to
view for free.
The website for
St Dominic Parish Council.
my website for
Newspaper Articles, Indentures and Bastardy / Filiation Bonds.
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.
For more information regarding history, population,
etc., visit GenUKI and use the
Parishes link at the top of the page.
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
To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for St Dominick at
drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a
specific location on the map.
Callington and Calstock.
- St Dominick 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 n350). Also downloadable as a pdf.
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
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