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Lesnewth, Cornwall

Historical Description

Lesnewth, a parish in Cornwall. It lies 4½ miles N by E of Camelford, and 14 W by N of Launceston stations on the G.W.R. and the L. & S.W.R. The hundred of Lesnewth, in which it is situated, takes its name from the parish. The post town is Boscastle. Area, 2028 acres; population, 90. The manor belongs to Lord Churston. The surface ia hilly. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Truro; net value, £162 with residence. Patron, Lord Churston. The church is ancient, but was almost entirely rebuilt in 1865; comprises nave, vestry, and chancel, with a tower; and contains a piscina and an ancient font. The E window and tower are the only remains of the old church in situ. There are a Norman pillar and window, bat they occupied different positions in the old church. There is a dissenting chapel, and there are several barrows in the neighbourhood.

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 parishLesnewth St. Knet 
Poor Law unionCamelford 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL35
Post TownBoscastle