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Ladock, Cornwall

Historical Description

Ladock or Lassick, a parish containing the village of Besock, in Cornwall. The village stands on the river Ladock, in a fine valley, 2 miles W by S of Grampound Koad station on the G.W.R., and 7 NE of Truro, and has a post and money order office, of the name of Ladock, under Garmpound Road; telegraph office, Grampound Road. Acreage of parish, 5827; population, 982. Nansaugh is a chief residence. Large quantities of tin were long ago produced; iron ore of superior quality is sent hence to Swansea, and some comparatively large pieces of gold have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Truro; value, £360 with residence. The church stands on an eminence above Besock village, has been restored, and has a fine E stained window, and a beautifully proportioned tower. There are Wesleyan and Bible Christian chapels. A reading-room was opened in 1887, and the Oddfellows' Friendly Society have a lodge.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCornwall 
Ecclesiastical parishLadock St. Ladoca 
Poor Law unionTruro 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Ladock 1686-1812, Cornwall is available to browse online.

The register of baptisms dates from the year 1684; marriages, 1686; burials, 1683.


Church of England

St Ladoca (parish church)

The church of St. Ladoca, seated on the brow of a hill, is a building of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of nave of four bays, south aisle, north transept, or Trethurffe aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 6 bells; these bells were hung in 1883, at a cost of £380, to take the place of the old ones, which bore the dates of 1670 and 1743: the church was thoroughly restored in 1864, under the supervision of the late G. E. Street esq. R.A. architect, at a cost of £2,000, the whole of which was defrayed by the late Canon R. F. Wise M.A. rector 1846-84, d. 1896, and to whom a memorial window has been placed in the church: there are several stained windows, one of which is a memorial to Mrs. M. A. Wise, d. 1862; another to Richard Wise M.D.; a third to Canon R. F. Wise, and a fourth to Miss M. A. H. Wise, d. 1899: there is an ancient Norman font of Purbeck marble: the memorials in the church include a slab found during the restoration, to the memory of John Randell, ob. 1665, and now placed at the west end: in the porch is a tomb inscribed to Nicholas Cornelius, of Ladock, ob. 1632: in 1907 an addition was made to the Trethurffe aisle and a vestry built at a cost of £550: the church affords 370 sitting. The churchyard was enlarged in 1869 and 1899: a churchyard cross of Labrador granite was erected in 1899 in memory of Canon and Miss Wise.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ladock from the following:


Online maps of Ladock are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cornwall papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR2
Post TownTruro