Lelant Cornwall Family History Guide

Lelant is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall. Towednack is a chapelry of Lelant.

Other places in the parish include: Carbis Water, Chyangwheal, and Carbis Bay.

Alternative names: Uny Lelant

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1669
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607

Nonconformists include: Methodist, Methodist New Connexion, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

UNY-LELANT, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Penzance district, Cornwall. The village stands at the head of St. Ives bay, 1½ mile WSW of Hayle r. station; and has a post-office, designated Lelant, Cornwall, and a fair on 15 Aug. The parish comprises 3,757 acres of land, and 170 of water. Real property, £13,402; of which £10,194 are in mines, and £30 in quarries. Pop., 2,319. Houses, 468. Trevethow is a seat of the Praeds; and Treadreath, of the Hoskinses. Drift sand covers much of the surface towards the sea; and is alleged to have overwhelmed the castle of Theodorick, a king of Cornwall. Trecroben Hill has an altitude of 550 feet, and affords good specimens of schorl rock and schorlaceous granite. The living is a vicarage, united with Towednack, in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £441. Patron, the Bishop of E.—The sub-district contains three parishes. Acres, 12,603. Pop., 8,357. Houses, 1,634.

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



MR PEASE asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department Whether his attention has been called to the circumstance of two little girls being sent from Camborne Petty Sessions to the county gaol at Bodmin under the following circumstances. That one girl named Madden was about 11 years of age; that the other girl named Stevens was only about nine years of age; that they had neither of them ever been convicted before; that they were fatherless and the children of very poor widows; that the crime with which they were charged was that of stealing the flowers or the plants and flowers off a grave in the churchyard of Lelant; that they pleaded guilty on the 3rd of June and were fined 1s and costs; on the 24th of June in default of payment, they were sentenced to seven days in Bodmin gaol; that they were actually in gaol six days, having arrived there the day after commitment; and whether he thought little children of such an age should under such circumstances be sent to county gaols.

MR ASSHETON CROSS Sir I have said, over and over again, that I am altogether opposed to the sending such young persons to gaol. I gave orders long ago that if any such case occurred my attention should be called to it at once. The facts in this case did not come to my knowledge till the term of imprisonment had expired. With regard to the facts stated, I have received a communication from the clerk to the Justices; and it is but just to the magistrates that I should state that, according to that letter the circumstances of the case are inaccurately put in the Question. I am told that the offenders were not young children of nine and 11, but girls of 14 and 15 years. The offence had been one of frequent occurrence, and it was not only that flowers in graveyards had been plucked, but the plants were torn up and taken away. Such a practice could not be allowed to go on.

Source: The Parliamentary Debates (Authorized Edition), Volume 248 1879

Parish Registers

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Vision of Britain historical maps


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