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The parish of LANLIVERY

This rather bleak moorland parish is situated above a tributary of the Fowey River, west of Lostwithiel. Its boundaries are to the north Lanivet and Lanhydrock, to the east St Winnow, to the west Luxulyan, and to the south Tywardreath and St Sampson (Golant). As well as Lanlivery, other villages within the parish boundaries are Redmoor, Sweetshouse, Milltown and Tangier, this now being part of modern day Lostwithiel.

  St Brevita
the Parish Church
The Church interior,
(Church photos reproduced with the kind permission of Ellen McConnell.)
The 'Ringers' Rhyme' The Crown Inn,
photo reproduced with the kind permission of the landlord, Andrew Brotheridge

The Lanlivery parish church of St Brevita has a tower that is 100 feet high and one of the finest in Cornwall. The Churchyard is the centre of the rural village. This Churchyard is relatively small, with approximately 222 memorials. The site is flat, however the burial areas may be uneven, with many headstones and monuments.

In the church tower, there is the "ringers rhyme" which is pictured above. The bells still ring out over the modern day parish, and they make a splendid sound.

The Lanlivery pub, The Crown Inn (pictured above) is a 12th century long house with low beams slate floors and open fires. It is directly on the "Saints Way" - a walk across Cornwall once undertaken by cattle drovers from Ireland "fat walking" the cattle from Padstow to Fowey avoiding sailing around Lands End. Then embarking the animals at Fowey to sail to France. Pilgrims joined these drovers and built churches on the route. Much of the present building still dates from the 12th century although the pub was extended to house the stonemasons who built the charming church of St Brevita, which is located just behind the pub.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Lanlivery is Pauline Pickup, who can be contacted at
For information about (and contact details for) the current parish council, please see this website.

Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.



The OPC's transcriptions of 1841 and 1851 are available here and she offers look-ups from 1861 to 1901.

Further Information can be found at COCP (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 information from COCP, as well as GenUKI, which has more reference information and alternative resources.


For Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently. The parish coverage page is here.

The following Lanlivery look-ups are available from the OPC:
Baptisms: 1685-1999
Marriages: up to 1813 (Phillimores) & 1813 - 1910
Marriage banns: 1906 - 1989
Burials: 1769 - 1783, 1804 - 1807, 1813 - 2000
Non-conformist baptisms: Some records have been transcribed

Some marriages of strays are available here (people from Lanlivery who married elsewhere).

Images of Lanlivery registers are available on the Family Search website. Click the browse through link near the bottom of the page.


Various trade directories are available for look-ups and the following are online:

Post Office Directory 1873.

Kelly's Directory for Devon and Cornwall 1883.

Kelly's Directory for Devon and Cornwall 1893.

Kelly's Directory for Devon and Cornwall 1902.

Kelly's Directory for Devon and Cornwall 1914.

For further information, see GenUKI or visit the University of Leicester's Historical Directories website.


St Brevita, the Parish Church, has its own website.

Bastardy/Filiation Documents:

  1. Examination of Elizabeth ROSKELLY of Lostwithiel, dated 28 Apr 1804, and Bond, dated 9 Jul 1804. Both mention Thomas JANE of Lanlivery.
  2. Bond, dated 8 May 1811, concerning a child of Elizabeth ROSKILLY's, mentioning William BERSEY of Lanlivery.

Law Breakers:

  1. Some names and summaries are available here.
  2. An article concerning William BARTLETT (1837 - 1882), hanged for a murder committed whilst he was Foreman of Messrs Freeman’s Colkerrow Granite Quarry.
  3. Court Cases - transcriptions of newspaper reports, dated 15  & 29 Feb 1918, of cases involving the Rev. Wm Edward Wynne, Vicar of Lanlivery, and John Rundle Henwood, Geo. Henwood and Irwin Hawkey.

People & Families:

  1. Details concerning one of the former Vicars, the Reverend Nicholas KENDALL
  2. The Kendall Family of Pelyn. See also the online copy of the Visitations of Cornwall by Vivian.

Settlement Papers:

  Aug & Sep 1755, Joseph NICHOLLS & family 15 Jun 1766, Jonathan COLLIVER & family (& Luxulyan)
  31 Oct 1757, Richard PUCKEY & family 26 Mar 1788, William WERRY & family (& Luxulyan)
  19 Apr 1759, Benjamin GARLAND & family 8 Nov 1847, Prudence HAWKE (& St Breock)
  1765 & 1766, Catherine SYMONS  

Voters Lists:

  1851/52 1856/57
  1852/53 1902

War Memorial, 1914-18:


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 Jul 1547, Peter AMYS/AMYE 12 May 1735, William SAMWELL
  22 Sep 1561, John TREWBODYE 21 Sep 1743, Joan POUND
  12 Sep 1580, Nicholas KENDALL 22 Oct 1743, Nicholas LEE
  28 May 1593, Walter KENDALL 24 Feb 1744, Henry HICK
  4 Nov 1604, Peter TREWBODY (& later inquisition) 23 Aug 1745, Benjamin HAWKEY
  17 Aug 1656, John BAWDEN 15 Sep 1746, Bond relating to the estate of Dinah SAMWELL
  16 Dec 1656, Lawrence HELLMAN 20 May 1748, John LITTLETON
  29 May 1658, Nicholas TREWBODYE 14 Oct 1781, Phillippa KILLYOW
  17 Aug 1640, John SKORY 30 Jul 1790, William SAMWELL
  5 Dec 1644, Charles TREWBODYE 19 Dec 1795, William SAMWELL
  13? May 1668, Ann SAMUELL 4 Feb 1809, Smith FLETCHER
  21 May 1671, John SCORY/SKORY 23 Apr 1823, John SAMWELL of Lostwithiel
  4 Aug 1677, Peter TREWBODY 13 Nov 1830, William BESWATHERICK
  10 Jan 1689, Lawrence BAWDEN 22 Feb 1843, Thomas HILL
  12 Feb 1691, Sibella TREWBODY 30 Aug 1860, William BATE
  23 Apr 1728, Francis BRYNN 5 Aug 1869, William HIGGS
  15 Nov 1733, William SAMWELL  

Indentures & Other Documents:

  1. 11/12 Sep 1352, Sir William de BODRUGAN granted a tenement to Nicholas HATTCHASTEL
  2. May 1381, Land Grant for Little Nantyan
  3. Indenture dated 21 Feb 1852, between William WESTLAKE, William BURGESS and William REED.
  4. Indenture dated 23 Oct 1877, naming Nicholas KENDALL and Thomas Edwin CONGDON.
  5. 1813-1843, list of mortuary fees paid
  6. 20 Oct 1882, members of RETALLICK family, regarding Rosehill, Lanlivery

For more information regarding History, Population, and much more, visit GenUKI.


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 Lanlivery at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


Lostwithiel, Lanhydrock, St Winnow, St Sampson (Golant), Tywardreath and Lanivet.


  1. Lanlivery is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume II by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838 (page 390). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  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. Phillimore's Marriages Vol X transcripts including Lanlivery (transcribed and in our database)


Helman Tor Helman Tor is an ancient Neolithic tor enclosure with magnificent views over Cornwall from north to south coasts. To read more about it, please follow this link




© Pauline Pickup

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