The parish of
The church was dedicated to
St. Sancredus in 1321; there are still some very ancient remnants
existing of earlier times in the current church, including a few
original bench ends. The Grylls and Buller families have existed in
the parish since before the church was dedicated. Court, long the
seat of the Grylls family, and barton of the manor of Lanreath, is
situated near the church; while the manor of Botelett is equally
historic. Fursdon, Trewen, and Trecan are also located in the
parish, along with the only village, the Churchtown, which has 3
fairs each year. A National School was established in the Churchtown
Herodsfoot was created from the Northern portion of
the parish in 1851. There was a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Mount
Pleasant, and a Bible Christian chapel at Burze.
The remains of a Roman road still exist; a large
barrow extends from Tregarrick in Pelynt, past Tresawson and
Pelventon in this parish, 7 miles in all, to Looe . It once stood
seven feet high, and twenty feet wide at a medium. This gave rise to
a popular local saying "A giant, having nothing to do, Made a great
hedge from Leerin to Looe." It's commonly called "Giant's Hedge".
The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Lanreath is Amelia Bray, who can be
contacted by Email.
this website for details of the current Parish Council.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching
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 alternate resources.
Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database
(C-PROP) which is updated frequently. The parish coverage page is
An analysis of
19th Century burials as conducted and recorded by the Revd. Richard
For information, see GenUKI or visit the
University of Leicester's Historical Directories website.
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 Lanreath at
drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a
specific location on the map.
Boconnoc, St Pinnock,
Lanreath 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 392). Also downloadable as a pdf.