Stratton, a small town and a parish in Cornwall. The town stands among hills near the Bude railway, 2 miles E of the coast, and 8 from Holsworthy station on the L. & S.W.R. It occupies the site of the Roman Musidunum, was known at Domesday as Stratone, belonged then to the Earl of Mortaigne, adjoins Stamford Hill, where a battle was fought in 1643 between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place, and has two banks, a good inn, an ancient church, a workhouse, a weekly market on Tuesday, and fairs on 19 May, 8 Nov., and 11 Dec. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. The civil parish includes the ecclesiastical parish of Bude. Acreage, 2653; population of the civil parish, 1880; of the ecclesiastical, 823. Stratton and Bude are conjoined for parish council purposes, the former having five members and the latter six and a chairman. Binhamy Castle belonged to the Blanchminsters, passed to the Arundells and the Carterets, and is now represented by a circular moat which encloses an . orchard. The manor of Stratton and Binhamy belongs to the Thynne family, one of whom was Lord John Thynne, sub-dean of Westminster, and son of the Marquis of Bath. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; net value, £125 with residence. Patron, the Prince of Wales. The perpetual curacy of Bude is a separate benefice. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, and has been several times restored at considerable cost. There are Wesleyan, Methodist, and Bible Christian chapels, and an institute.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Stratton St. Andrew|
|Poor Law union||Stratton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Stratton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Stratton (St. Andrew))
Online maps of Stratton are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cornwall papers online:
- Royal Cornwall Gazette
- West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser
- Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser
We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.