St Cleer Cornwall Family History Guide

St Cleer is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall.

Other places in the parish include: Tremar.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1675
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1597

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CLEER (St.), a parish in Liskeard district, Cornwall; on the moors, near the Cornwall railway, 2½ miles N by W of Liskeard. It has a post office under Liskeard. Acres, 11,263. Real property, £26,107; of which £17,446 are in mines. Pop., 3,931. Houses, 717. The property is subdivided. Granite, hornblende, felspar, copper ore, lead ore, soapstone, asbestos, and other minerals are found. Copper and lead are extensively mined; and upwards of 1,000 persons are employed in one of the mines. St. Cleer Down, a stony eminence 753 feet high, and Sharpitor, or Sharp Point Tor, a beautiful cone, about 1,200 feet high, command extensive views. St. Cleer’s well was anciently used as a ducking pool for insane persons; is enclosed by the ivy-clad ruin of a chapel; and adjoins an ancient cross, about 9 feet high. Two inscribed Saxon monuments, called the Half Stone and the Other Half Stone, are about ¾ of a mile WNW of the church; and were found, by a recent investigation, to surmount a subterranean sepulchral chamber. The Cheesewring, which we have separately noticed, three large Druidical circles, called the Hurlers, and a cromlech, called the Trevethy Stone, or the Grave-house, are within the parish. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £245. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is early English, with a walled-up Norman doorway; and has a tower 97 feet high.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CLEER, ST., a parish, in the union of Liskeard, hundred of West, E. division of Cornwall, 2½ miles (N. by W.) from Liskeard; containing 1412 inhabitants. It comprises 7370 acres, of which 2673 are uninclosed common and coppice, with some oak woods; the soil in general is light, with the exception of some boggy peat soil: there is a great quantity of granite, locally termed moor-stone, and of porphyry; and a copper-mine has been opened. The river Fowey runs through the parish, and several rivulets empty themselves near Looe. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £19. 6. 8., and in the patronage of the Crown; impropriator, E. P. Bastard, Esq.: the great tithes have been commuted for £330, and the vicarial for £330; the impropriate glebe contains 2 acres. The church is a handsome and spacious structure, in the early English style. There are a few chalybeate springs; also an ancient Druidical monument, called the Hurlers, consisting of rude upright stones arranged in three circles, their centres in a right line, and the middle circle the largest.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Registers

Phillimore’s Marriages St Cleer 1678 to 1812 - View and Download Free

Parish Records

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England, Cornwall, St. Cleer, general cemetery records, 1864-2004 Author: Willcocks, David; Willcocks, Barbara; St. Cleer General Cemetery (St. Cleer, Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

An Index of burial registers between 1813-1837 for the parish of St. Cleer Author: Cornwall Family History Society (England)

St. Cleer general cemetery : burials records, 21st February 1911 to 18th August 1988 Author: Willcocks, David; Willcocks, Barbara; St. Cleer General Cemetery (St. Cleer, Cornwall)


Census returns for St. Cleer, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts St. Cleer, 1699-1805 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Cleer (Cornwall)

Church records for St. Cleer United Methodist Chapel, 1868-1888 Author: St. Cleer United Methodist Chapel (Cornwall)

England, Cornwall, St. Cleer, bishop’s transcripts, 1596-1848 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Cleer (Cornwall); Devon Record Office (Exeter)

England, Cornwall, St. Cleer, parish registers, 1872-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Cleer (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Marriages at St. Cleer, 1678-1812 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Cleer (Cornwall)

Parish chest materials, 1820-1854 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Cleer (Cornwall)

Parish register transcripts, 1597-1837 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Cleer (Cornwall)

Parish registers for St. Cleer, 1675-1993 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of St. Cleer (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Computer printout of St. Cleer, Cornwall, England

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

Parish register printouts of St. Cleer, Cornwall, England ; christenings, 1597-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department


Manorial documents, 1628-1788 Author: Manor of Bulland (Cornwall)

Rental, 1546 Author: Manor of St. Cleer Colshill (Cornwall)

Rentals, 1730 Author: Manor of Fursenewth (Cornwall)

Various manorial records from Cornwall, 1624-1839 Author: Manor of Ruthvose (Cornwall); Manor of Selena (Cornwall); Manor of Bridge End (Cornwall); Manor of Skewis (Cornwall); Manor of Tregorrick (Cornwall)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Poor law records, 1738-1864 Author: St. Cleer (Cornwall)

Public records

Rate books, St. Cleer, Cornwall, England, 1857, 1862, 1868, 1870, 1883


Admission registers, 1910-1926 Author: St. Cleer School (Cornwall)


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: Liskeard
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: West
  • Poor Law Union: Liskeard
  • Hundred: West (Cornwall)
  • Province: Canterbury