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Luxulyan, Cornwall

Historical Description

Luxulyan or Luxulion (from Eglosijulyan, "church of Julyan"), a village and a parish in Cornwall. The village stands 6 miles S by W of Bodmin, and has a station called Bridges on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Lostwithiel; money order and telegraph office, St Blazey. Acreage of parish, 5432; population, 937. Prideaux House is the seat of the Rashleigh family, and is modern. The stables occupy the site of a castle said to have been built before the Norman Conquest, and is a quadrangular edifice with stairs of granite. Prideaux Warren, on a height adjoining the mansion, is the vestige of an ancient earthwork. Granite quarries have long been worked, and a branch railway goes from them to a line of railway running to the coast. The granite is of a very beautiful kind, furnished the material for the lighthouse and beacon on Plymouth breakwater, and furnished also the block of 70 tons of porphyrite granite, out of which the sarcophagus of the Duke of Wellington was formed. The Luxulyan Valley, famed for its scenery, is crossed by a viaduct erected in 1831, and is the resort of numerous excursionists during the summer months. There is a holy well named St Cyric, dating about 1120. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; gross value, £175 with residence. The church, dedicated to St Cyric and St Jalilla, is ancient but good, has a tower, and was the depository of the stannary records during the Civil War. There are two Wesleyan and three Bible Christian chapels.

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

Civil Registration

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL30
Post TownBodmin