CORNWALL ONLINE PARISH CLERKS - helping bring the past alive

The parish of


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1. St. Swithin's Church (1991)
© Robert & Mary Lyle

2. Church & Graves - from the Rear (1991)
© Robert & Mary Lyle

3. The Church Interior
© Robert & Mary Lyle

4. The Saxon Font & Old Pew
from an old postcard

5. The Ringers of Launcells Tower 1760-1810
painting by Frederick Smallfield, reprinted with permission of the R.I.C.

These men, when young, rang at the accession of George III (1760) and they all lived to ring on the 50th anniversary of his reign (1810). John LYLE, Henry CADD, Richard VENNING, John HAM, John ALLIN, Richard HAYMAN. (not identifiable in picture because it was painted much later using models).

Of these, John LYLE rang at the accession of King George IV, and of King William IV, being then in his 94th year.

More photographs at the bottom of this page.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

There is no OPC (Genealogy) for this parish. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our coordinator, Diane Donohue, 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.



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.


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


Memorial Inscriptions:

  1. St. Swithin's Church - not all transcribed
  2. Grimscott Methodist Church - inscriptions & plan.

Voters Lists:

  1. 1851/52
  2. 1852/53
  3. 1856/57
  4. 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.

  8 Jan 1578, John ANDERDON 10 Jul 1657, Jacob ASHTON
  14 Aug 1581, John PERYN 1657?, George JAMES
  2 Aug 1596, Richard CHAMOND 22 Dec 1658, John PERYN
  1 Mar 1615, Nicholas BOTELER 26 Aug 1699, John MILL
  2 Dec 1618, Richard SHERME 20 Oct 1716, John MILL, proved 1723
  4 Dec 1635, Petherick SMALE 11 Jun 1743, David MILL
  9 Aug 1646, Humphry SPECCOTT 27 Feb 1751, John EARLE(S)
  14 Nov 1650, Rebecca WARMINGTON, proved 1656 17 Oct 1798, Samuel BRAY
  6 Nov 1653, Degory PAINTER 11 Sep 1838, Nicholas Bray SYMONS
  2? Dec 1654, Robert SMALE 3 Sep 1856, George Boughton KINGDON (late of Launcells)
  23 Apr 1655, William JAMES 7 Sep 1868, Thomas STAPLETON
  1 Nov 1656, Jovell GEFFORD 17 Feb 1883, William STAPLETON
  19 Feb 1657, Mary SMALE 17 Aug 1885, Sophia STAPLETON

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


Stratton, Kilkhampton, Bridgerule and Marhamchurch.


  1. Launcells 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 412). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. Phillimore's Marriages Vol XXIII transcripts including Launcells (transcribed and in our database). For the Contents page, keep clicking Next until page 7/153 appears.