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The parish of Calstock was originally in the Liskeard Registration District (1837 to 1860). There were sub-districts at Callington, Lerrin, Liskeard and Looe. It was then transferred into the Tavistock Registration District of Devon. However, it is now in the St Germans Registration District and comprises 5760 acres of land, 70 acres of water, 44 acres of tidal water and 21 acres of foreshore.

The parish is named after the old English for a settlement 'stoch' preceded by an unknown word, possibly a personal name. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Calestoch. At that time it had land for 12 ploughs; there were 30 villagers and 30 smallholders with 6 ploughs, and 100 acres of woodland. This was one of the 228 manors that were given to the Earl of Mortain, the brother of William the Conqueror.

Calstock town is situated on the banks of the Tamar. Cotehele House, the ancient seat of the Edgcumbe Family, is in the parish and is a Tudor mansion owned by the National Trust. It once belonging to the Earls of Mount Edgecumbe; this mansion was built by Sir Richard Edgecumbe during the reign of Henry VII. King Charles II, then Prince of Wales, stayed here for a short period in 1645. Cotehele was visited by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1846.


1. Present day - from

2. 1889/91 map available at  
  (Enter Calstock into search box)

Descriptions & Photographs:

(Click on the village name for photographs)

The main villages are:-

Morwellham (Devon)
St Anns Chapel

Hamlets include:-

New Houses
Rising Sun
Trehill - Newton - Norris Green



1. "Images of England: Around Calstock Parish" by Nikki Chaplin; Paperback.
Now out of print - try finding used copies on websites such as, or

2. "Latchley, the story of a Tamar Valley Village" by Nikki Chaplin.  This can be obtained from the author - email

3. The Tamar Valley at Work by R T Paige

  1. James Goss - a century of shipbuilding and life in the Tamar Valley

  2. The Upper Tamar Valley A Century Ago

  3. The Tamar Valley and its People

All 3 volumes are now out of print, but can be found occasionally on the websites mentioned above.

Other books can be found by searching Google at

If you have details, photographs etc. which you would like to contribute, please use the 'Contact' link top left. 

External Sites

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

Online Census Project

Cornwall Family History Society

Tamar Valley A.O.N.B.

Cornwall / Calstock

Calstock Archive Trust.