Launcells, Cornwall Genealogy
Guide to Launcells, Cornwall ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
St Swithin's Church, Launcells
|Poor Law Union||Stratton|
|Parish registers: 1642|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1618|
|Rural Deanery||Trigg Major|
|Probate Court||Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall|
|Location of Archive|
|Cornwall Record Office|
LAUNCELLS (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union and hundred of Stratton, E. division of Cornwall, 1½ mile (E. S. E.) from Stratton.
Launcells St Swithin is an ancient parish in Cornwall, places in the parish include: Butspur, Cross, Grimscott, Hersham, and Prestacott.
The parish church is dedicated to St Swithin: nearby, in the wooded valley is the holy well of St Swithin. There are two aisles but the arcades differ: while the north is of granite the south is of Polyphant stone. The fine series of over 60 benchends is from the same workshop as those of Kilkhampton, Cornwall and Poughill, Cornwall. Other features of interest are the medieval wall painting and the tomb of Sir John Chamond, 1624.[Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; p. 95]
Charles Henderson writing in 1925 gives the dedication as to St Andrew.[Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; pp. 136-37] The origin of the name Launcells is probably from Lan- and a personal name Kellys. In the early Middle Ages the church belonged to Hartland Abbey and there are records of a dispute over the building of the chancel in 1382 which required episcopal intervention. Unusually for a Cornish church it has not been affected by Victorian or later restorations.
Births, marriages and deaths were kept by the government from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is Free BMD.
Launcells parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Launcells Online Parish Records|
|FS Catalog PRs||
|FS Catalog BTs||
To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Records are also available at the Cornwall Record Office.
Cornwall Online Parish Clerks
An extremely useful resource is the Cornwall Online Parish Clerks page for the parish.
The history, registers and much more have been contributed by the Online Parish clerk for Launcells . The Launcells page contains images of the church and local history.
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.
Poor Law Unions
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cornwall Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Maps and Gazetteers
There are many maps and gazetteers showing English places. Valuable web sites are:
- England Jurisdictions 1851
- Vision of Britain
Launcells in GENUKI
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 33-37. Date accessed: 20 March 2013