CORNWALL ONLINE PARISH CLERKS - helping bring the past alive
Above: View of Lostwithiel, © 2002, A. Tumser
Top right: Duchy Palace, © 2003, A. Tumser
Bottom right: Tudor Bridge © 2003, Charles Winpenny
Lostwithiel, in the hundred of Powder, is bounded on the west, north, and south by Lanlivery and on the east by St. Winnow. Situated at the tidal reach of the river Fowey, in a beautiful wooded valley, the delightful town lies tucked away just off the A390, a haven of peace and tranquility.
The name 'Lostwithiel' means 'tail of the forest', coming from two old Cornish words. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Lostwithiel was the capital of the Duchy, being further developed by the Earls of Cornwall. It was the centre for the administration of county affairs and the main trading centre for tin.
At that time the river Fowey was deep and wide and sea going ships tied up along the quay for loading the tin. The town was officially known as 'The Port of Fawi', and became the second busiest port on the south coast of England.
The medieval church (dedicated to St. Bartholomew), the 16th century bridge and part of the Great Hall (now known as the Duchy Palace) still stand as testimony to its original splendour.
The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Lostwithiel is Ann Tumser, who can be contacted by Email.
|A Message from the OPC:
Since the inception of the Cornwall Online Parish Clerk scheme in 2001, I've been the OPC for Lostwithiel. I am transcribing their records, and offer lookups from this data. Donations of transcriptions are always welcome. If you wish to contact me, please use the above link, but please place the words 'OPC Lostwithiel' as your subject for e-mails. Please note that I do not live in or near Lostwithiel, but I've spent five extended vacations in this charming town.
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.
The OPC has transcribed Births and Marriages from the 1813-1900 St. Bartholomew registers, and will gladly provide lookups from them. Burials for the same time period are available in our online database and here in register order. For further Parish Register information, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently. The parish coverage page is here.
The OPC holds directories for every year from 1791 to 1939 in which directories were published. Please contact her for lookups. For other information, see GenUKI or visit the University of Leicester's Historical Directories website.
The OPC offers look-ups from:
|19 Feb 1830, Thomas THOMAS (& Luxulyan)||7 Sep 1847, James Every BESWARICK, late of this parish|
|3 Nov 1743, Charity LIBBY||3 Jan 1759, John WESTLAKE|
|5 Feb 1744, Ann PHILLIPS||15 Jan 1822, Sarah POMERY, codicil dated 26 May 1846|
|4 Apr 1746, Thomas ELIOTT||14 Apr 1823, John SAMWELL|
|17 Oct 1748, John KENT||11 Mar 1889, Richard REED|
|3 Apr 1749, Elizabeth HAWKEY|
Many other transcribed documents for this parish can be found on this website. Some include images of the originals.
For more information regarding history, population, etc., 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 Lostwithiel 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.