Place:St. Thomas-the-Apostle, Cornwall, England

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NameSt. Thomas-the-Apostle
Alt namesSt. Thomas the Apostle
St. Thomas-by-Launceston
St. Thomas by Launceston
TypeParish
Coordinates50.629°N 4.4°W
Located inCornwall, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoEast Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Launceston, Cornwall, Englandtown to which it was adjacent
St. Thomas-the-Apostle Rural (parish), Cornwall, Englandcivil parish covering the rural part of the original parish since 1889
Launceston Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1837-1889

In the 19th century St. Thomas-the-Apostle was a parish within Launceston Poor Law Union and Registration District.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of St. Thomas the Apostle from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"THOMAS (St.) The Apostle, a parish, with St. Thomas-Street hamlet, in Launceston district, Cornwall: within Launceston borough. Post town: Launceston. Acres: 1,817. Real property: £2,473. Population in 1851: 1,005; in 1861: 887. Houses: 199. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value: £110. Patrons, the Rate-payers. The church occupies the site of a canonry founded, in 1126, by Bishop Warlewast; and is good."

In 1889 the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle was split into two sections: St. Thomas the Apostle Urban and St. Thomas the Apostle Rural. In 1894 was absorbed into Launceston Municipal Borough, and St. Thomas-the-Apostle Rural Civil Parish joining the Launceston Rural District. In the 1891 census the population was given as 352 (urban) and 924 (rural).

Research Tips

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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