Callington Cornwall Family History Guide

St Mary's Church, Callington, Cornwall. Viewed from SE
St Mary's Church, Callington, Cornwall. Viewed from SE

Callington is a chapelry of South Hill Ancient Parish in Cornwall. 

Alternative names: Calvington, Kellington, Killington

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1597

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Irvingite/Catholic Apostolic Church, Society of Friends/Quaker, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CALLINGTON, formerly Kellington, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict in Liskeard district, Cornwall. The town stands on a gentle acclivity, near the river Lynner, 6 miles N of St. Germans r. station, and 11 S of Launceston. It consists chiefly of one broad street, irregularly built; is a seat of petty sessions, and a polling-place; and has a head post office, (designated Callington, Cornwall,) two banking offices, a hotel, a church, two dissenting chapels, a literary institution, and a free school. The church was built, on the site of a previous one, in 1460; is perpendicular English; was restored in 1859; and contains a very curious old Norman font, and an elaborate monument to Lord Willoughby de Broke. A fine gabled sculptured cross is in the churchyard. Many of the inhabitants are miners. A weekly market is held on Wednesday; and fairs on the second Thursday of March and Nov., and on the first Thursday of May and after 19 Sept. The town was made a borough in the time of Elizabeth; and sent two members to parliament, till disfranchised by the act of 1832. The parish comprises 2,492 acres. Real property, £6,962; of which £700 are in mines. Pop., 2,202. Houses, 347. The manor belonged to successively the Champernounes, the Ferrers, the Dennises, the Brokes, and others. Kit-Hill, about 2 miles N of the town, consists of granite, is 1,067 feet high; and commands an extensive view. Stream tin and copper ore are worked. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Southill, in the diocese of Exeter.-The subdistrict contains six parishes. Acres, 28,984. Pop., 8,899. Houses, 1,595.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Bankrupts

People declared bankrupt and the date of bankruptcy.

Malachy Jos., Callington & Cotehele, Cornwall, timber merch., March 6, 1838.

Martyn John, Callington, Cornwall, ironmonger, Sept. 30, 1834

Snell Hugh, Callington, Cornwall, auctioneer, Dec. 8, 1840.

Parish Records

Images of Cornwall Parish Registers can be viewed at FamilySearch.

Cornwall OPC

The Cornwall OPC parish page for Callington has a wealth of information for the parish including an online searchable database of parish registers.

Other records from Cornwall OPC include:

Bastardy Documents:

2 Sep 1783, Mary BENNETT of Pillaton and John BARTLETT

Coroners’ Inquests (newspaper reports):

1850 Elizabeth HAARIS (sic)

1851 Mary STEPHENS

1851 Mary TABB

1851 Female TREGIMBLE child

1851 Thomas VOSPER

1851 Samuel DANIEL & William AVER

1852 Thomas SEARLE

1852 Philip TANGYE

1853 Thomas GARLAND

1855 Richard GIDDY

1855 John MARTIN of St Dominick

1855 Male O’DONNELL, possibly John O’DONNEL

1856 Mrs. Arthur FACEY

1856 Male WENMOUTH, possibly Edward

1856 Mrs. WILLIAMS

1857 Mrs. EDGECOMBE

1859 Harriet FRANTOM

1860 Richard Henry CRABB

1864 Malinda Emeline DAWE

1867 Mary BETTY

1868 Mrs. Mary HARVEY

1870 Male Pupil BISHOP, possibly Charles Kidd

1870 Infant WESTLAKE, son of John

1872 John KITTO

1872 Richard PETHERICK

Deaths, Funeral Accounts and Obituaries:

1870 John RICHARDS

1871 Male POMROY and son

1872 F. Louis DELBRIDGE, possibly Lewis T.

Indentures:

dated 1 February 1836, concerning land in St Blazey but mentioning William and Mary PETHERICK of this parish.

Law breakers:

An article concerning William BARTLETT (1837 – 1882), born Callington, hanged for a murder committed whilst he was Foreman of Messrs Freeman’s Colkerrow Granite Quarry, Lanlivery.

Manorial Records:

1690 Manor of Frogwell & Durnaford in the Parishes of Callington & St Ive (part of a transcription for several Manors which can be found here).

1690 Manor of Greston including Borough of Callington (also part of the larger transcription mentioned above).

Settlement Documents:

31 Dec 1833, Edward & Ann BAWDEN (Callington & Stoke Climsland)

04 Apr 1855, POLKINHORNE and family (Kea & Callington – RCG report of appeal)

Trade Directories:

1830, Pigot’s

Voters Lists:

1774, Hundred of East

1851/52

1852/53

1864/65

Wills:

1611? David HORNDON

1614 Thomas CRABBE

1626 Anthony HONNYCOME/HONICOME

1639 Barbarie HANNAFORD

1644 John HONICOMBE

1653 Peter JOPE/JOPPE

1654 Joane HODGE

1655 John HEY

1656 Richard LAMPEN

1656 James WESTCOTT

1656 John WESTCOTT

1659 Peeter RUBBY

1688 Charles SMITH

1733 Elizabeth BOND

1737 George KNILL

1737 Robert MANATON

1738 James HAYE, proved 1751

1740 Joan BOWHAY

1745 John JOPE

1746 John KEAST

1746 Grace TREIS

1748 Samuel WINTER

1749 John HAYE, proved 1759

1752 Hannah MOODY

1759 Mary DOIDGE

1789 David HORNDON, proved 1796

1793 John KERSWELL

1793 Revd James MESSENGER, proved 1815

1801 William BENNICKE, proved 1813

1803 Jane TOSER

1804 Elizabeth HORNDON

1806 Samuel Rake ELLIOTT

1807 Elizabeth HORNDON

1808 Mary FORTESCUE, proved 1816

1812 Hannah HORNDON

1813 Elizabeth KINSMAN, proved 1828

1814 Robert Tom BLACKLER, proved 1844

1815 Mary KERSWELL

1815 Hugh MALLETT

1816 Humphry BRYANT

1818 Mary Ann MALLETT

1821 John HARRIS

1826 William MOONE, proved 1833

1828 Elizabeth COUCHE

1830 William Hickes HORNDON

1836 Robert BOLITHO, proved 1844

1837 Samuel BENNY

1838 Nicholas RUNDLE, junr.

1839 Sir William Pratt CALL, proved 1852

1841 Joanna KINSMAN, date is of proving

1841 Mary Ann MULES

1843 Walter HOCKIN

1844 Thomas Rake ELLIOTT

1846 Gabriel BICKELL, proved 1852

1846 Mary HAYE

1849 Martha THOMAS

1852 William Davey HAYE

1853 Thomas Nanscawn DAWE, proved 1855

1853 Caroline HAYE

1853 John MATHEWS

1853 John WENMOUTH, proved 1854

1854 William GARLAND

1854 John MARTIN. proved 1854

1854 Christiana WHITE, proved 1855

1855 Charles WOOD, proved 1855

FamilySearch Catalog

Census

Census returns for Callington, 1841-1891

Church Records

Baptisms of Bible Christians, Callington Circuit, 1863-1870

Bishop’s transcripts for Callington, 1677-1804 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Callington (Cornwall)

Church records for Callington Bible Christian Circuit, 1863-1920 Author: Bible Christian Church. Callington Circuit (Cornwall)

Church records for Callington Methodist Circuit, 1932-1969 Author: Methodist Church. Callington Circuit (Cornwall)

Church records for Callington United Methodist Circuit, 1892-1932 Author: United Methodist Church. Callington Circuit (Cornwall)

Church records for Callington Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, 1843-1989 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church. Callington Circuit (Cornwall); Wesleyan Methodist Church. East Cornwall Mission

Church records for East Cornwall Methodist Mission, 1928-1989 Author: Methodist Church. East Cornwall Mission (Cornwall)

Church records for Saltash Wesleyan Methodist circuit, 1840-1955 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church. Saltash Circuit (Cornwall); Wesleyan Methodist Church. Callington Circuit (Cornwall); Wesleyan Methodist Church. East Cornwall Mission

England, Cornwall, Callington, bishop’s transcripts, 1596-1843 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Callington (Cornwall); Devon Record Office (Exeter)

England, Cornwall, Callington, parish registers, 1852-1921 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Callington (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Parish registers for Callington, 1837-1998 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Callington (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Computer printout of Callington, Cornwall, England

Parish of Callington Author: Ivall, Dennis Endean; Thompson, Gillian; Ivall, Dennis Endean, Mrs.

Directories

Venning’s New Century Postal Directory of 20 Parishes in East Cornwall, published 1901 – Archive.org

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County:  Cornwall
  • Civil Registration District:  Liskeard
  • Probate Court:  Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
  • Diocese:  Exeter
  • Rural Deanery:  East 
  • Poor Law Union:  Liskeard
  • Hundred:  East (Cornwall)
  • Province:  Canterbury