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Linkinhorne, Cornwall

Historical Description

Linkinhorne, a parish in Cornwall, between the rivers Liny and Lynher, 4 miles NW by N of Callington, and 8 S by W of Launceston station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Callington; money order and telegraph office, Callington. Acreage, 7924; population, 2012. The manor belonged formerly to Launceston Priory, and belongs now to the Duchy of Cornwall. The surface includes Carradon Downs, 1208 feet high, where Charles I. was joined in 1644 by Prince Maurice; includes also Sharp Tor, Cheese-wring, the Hurlers, and other vantage grounds commanding fine views. Tin and copper are mined. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; net value, £218 with residence. The church is ancient but good, was rebuilt by the Trecarells of Trefryze, has a lofty tower and a fine peal of bells, and contains several monuments. It was beautifully restored in 1891, when some old frescoes were discovered. A mission church was built at Upton Cross in 1886-87 in the W of the parish. There is a Wesleyan chapel. Daniel Gum, whose mathematical acquirements and singular mode of living procured for him the appellation of the " Mountain Philosopher," resided here amongst the rocks, one of which lie had excavated for his own residence.

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 parishLinkinhorne St. Mellor 
Poor Law unionLiskeard 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL17
Post TownCallington