Place:St. Germans, Cornwall, England

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NameSt. Germans
Alt namesLannalessource: Wikipedia
Saint Germanssource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Scs. Germansource: Domesday Book (1985) p 61
St. Germanisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 61
St. Germanssource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeTown, Civil parish
Coordinates50.4°N 4.3°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoEast Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
St. Germans Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
St. Germans Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1837-2007
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

St. Germans (Cornish: Lannaled) is a village and civil parish in east Cornwall, England. It stands on the St Germans River or Lynher River, part of the Tamar Estuary. It takes its name from the St. German's Priory generally associated with St Germanus, although W.M.M Picken theorises the church was initially associated with a local saint, but was gradually replaced by the 14th century. This magnificent and ancient Norman church is adjacent to the Port Eliot estate of the present Earl of St Germans. The other villages in the historic parish were Tideford, Hessenford, Minard Cross, Polbathick, Seaton, Downderry, and Bethany. New ecclesiastical parishes were established for Hessenford (in 1834) and Tideford in 1852.

In 1997 part of the St Germans parish was made into Deviock parish. The area of St. Germans civil parish is 10,151 acres (4,108 ha), and it has a population of 1,427.

The parish was part of the East Hundred of Cornwall and in St. Germans Rural District between 1894 and 1974.

St. Germans was a busy fishing village in the 19th century. The St Germans Quay was busy in the last century with cargoes of timber, coal and limestone. Until World War 2 the trade in roadstone continued.

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One of the many maps available on A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Cornwall at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets.

The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases.

  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Cornwall as well as providing 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.


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