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Lanlivery, Cornwall

Historical Description

Lanlivery a village and a parish in Cornwall. The village stands on an affluent of the river Fowey, 1½ mile WSW of Lostwithiel station on the G.W.R., and 6 S by E of Bodmin. Post town, Lostwithiel. Acreage, 6768; population, 1188. The manor of Restormel belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall. Bestormel Castle here crowns a hill overlooking the wooded valley of the Fowey; was originally a palace of the Norman Earls of Cornwall; stood unroofed and much defaced in the time of Henry VIII.; was, nevertheless, garrisoned by the Parliamentarians against Charles I., and taken by the Royalists in 1644; and is now a circular ivy-mantled ruin, with a gatehouse on the W, a projecting tower on the ENE, and an encompassing deep moat. Bestormel Mine was entered by Queen Victoria when she visited Cornwall. Granite is largely quarried. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; gross value, £230 with residence. The church is ancient, has a fine pinnacled tower, and contains several costly monuments. There are Wesleyan and Free Methodist chapels.

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 parishLanlivery St. Brevita 
Poor Law unionBodmin 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Lanlivery 1600-1812, Cornwall is available to browse online.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Lanlivery from the following:


Online maps of Lanlivery 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 districtPL30
Post TownBodmin