Maker Cornwall Family History Guide

Maker is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall. Millbrook is a chapelry of Maker.

Other places in the parish include: Kingsand, Vaultersholme, Vaultershome, Inceworth, and Cawsand.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1630
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MAKER, a decayed ancient village and a parish in St. Germans district, Cornwall. The village stands on the W Side of Plymouth sound, near Cremill ferry, at the NE extremity of Cornwall, 2½ miles S by W of Devonport town and r. station; took its name, by co ruption, from St. Macra; and was once a borough and a market-town. The parish contains also the villages of Inceworth, Milbrook, and Cawsand, each of the two latter of which has a post office under Devonport; and it includes the tything of Vaultersholme, which, prior to Oct. 1844, was in Devon. Acres, 3,204; of which 740 are water. Real property, £6,266. Pop. in 1851, 2,822; in 1861, 2,986. Houses, 576. The property is divided among a few. There are two manors; and the one belongs to Lord Clinton, the other to Earl Mount Edgecumbe. The land is peninsulated between Plymouth sound and Whitesand bay, and also projects a minor peninsula between Plymouth sound and the Hamoaze; and it has a hilly contour, and is bounded along the E by picturesque cliffs. The chief hills bear the name of Maker Heights, and rise to an altitude of 402 feet above sea-level. A headland at the N extremity is crowned with the ruin of an ancient chapel, and commands a view of the Cornish coast all the way to the Lizard. Mount Edgecumbe House, the seat of the Earl of Mount Edgecumbe, stands in the peninsula between Plymouth sound and the Hamoaze; occupies a strikingly picturesque site; commands a fine sea-view, through a vista of trees; is a castellated edifice, of the time of Queen Mary; contains some fine family and historical portraits; and has remarkably beautiful and romantic pleasure-grounds, with English, French, and Italian gardens, a Doric conservatory, and numerous features of interest, both natural and artificial. The Blockhouse, a fort of the time of Elizabeth, is in the neighbourhood of the gardens, and adjoins the point of ferry communication with Cremill. Rope-making is carried on at Woodpark; and boat-building, at Middle Anderton. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £223. Patron, the Crown. The church is ancient and good; has a tower and spire, which serve as a land-mark to mariners; contains several fine monuments to the Edgecumbes and others; and was used, during the French war, as a signal-station communicating with Mount Wise at Devonport. The p. curacy of Milbrook is a separate benefice. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, a national school, and charities £54.

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


People declared bankrupt and the date of bankruptcy.

Cayzer John, Millbrook, Maker, Cornwall, innkeeper, June 26, 1821.

Parish Records


England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

Cornwall Parish Register Index


Cornwall Burials A-Z index of surnames of people buried in Cornwall

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


Vision of Britain historical maps


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