Launcells, a parish in Cornwall, 1½ mile SE of Stratton, 2¼ miles W of the river Tamar at the boundary with Devon, and 7 from Holsworthy station on the L. & S.W.R. It contains also the hamlets of Prestacott, Grimscott, Bntspur, Cross, and Hersham. Post town, Stratton. Acreage, 6165; population, 547. A priory, a cell to Hartland Abbey, stood in the parish; gave rise to the name of Launcells, a corruption of Llancell, and was given at the dissolution to the Chamonds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; value, £150 with residence. The church is ancient, has a pinnacled tower, and contains an altar-tomb of Sir John Chamond. There are Bible Christian and Wesleyan chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Launcells St. Andrew|
|Poor Law union||Stratton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Launcells 1642-1812, Cornwall is available to browse online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Launcells from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Launcells (St. Andrew))
Online maps of Launcells 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.