Place:Whitstone, Cornwall, England

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NameWhitstone
Alt namesWitestansource: Wikipedia from Domesday Book
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates50.757°N 4.458°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoStratton Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Stratton Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Stratton Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1837-2007
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Whitstone is a village and civil parish in the northeast of Cornwall, England. It is roughly halfway between the towns of Bude and Launceston.

In the 19th century there were around 500 villagers, and a post office, and the entire parish comprised around 4,000 acres (16 km2). The Bude Canal passed through it.

The parish of Whitstone is bounded to the east by the River Tamar and the Devon county border, to the north by Bridgerule, northwest Marhamchurch, southwest Week-St. Mary and southeast Boyton and North Tamerton. The main employment is agriculture and agricultural services. Whitstone was part of the Stratton Hundred of Cornwall and in Stratton Rural District between 1894 and 1974.

Whitstone has two places of worship, a Methodist Chapel and a Church of England Church. The Methodist Chapel is at the centre of the village. The Anglican Church of St Anne is in one of the smaller lanes off the main road. There is a long path by the cemetery leading down to the church. The church is one of the oldest buildings in the village, built around 1400: it has two aisles and a west tower. Notable features are the Norman doorway and the Norman font. The church was restored in 1882. There is also a separate cemetery for non-churchgoers (given to the village in 1926).

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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