Constantine

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Constantine is situated in the deanery and Hundred of Kerrier, and is one of the largest Parishes in Cornwall. In 1869, it was bounded on the east by Budock and Mawnan, on the south by Helford Creek, which separates it from Manaccan, St Martins and Mawgan-in-Meneage, and on the west and north by Wendron, Stithians and Mabe. The parish is named after its patron, Saint Constantine. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Saint Constantin. The population of the parish is just over 2,000, about half living in the village of Constantine itself, and the rest in other smaller villages or hamlets - Gweek, Seworgan, Brill, Port Navas, Budock Vean, Helford Passage - or on isolated farms.

As you approach Constantine, the high tower of the Church stands prominently upon an ancient mound that is probably the remains of an original Celtic monastery. Built between 1420-1480, it is dedicated to St. Constantine who, according to legend, was a chieftain or prince around the 5th century A.D. From the main porch the view southwards is superb, with a deep valley ahead of you and the Goonhilly Downs beyond.

Employment over the centuries has centred on the river, farming and granite quarries. Now, with very little quarrying done, and no schooners and barques using the river, tourism is very important, with lots of vessels enjoying the river with it's beautiful creeks and small beaches. Walkers, garden lovers and golfers all recharge their batteries in this lovely area.

Parish Records - follow this link to my transcriptions of Constantine Parish Records.

DISCLAIMER: I, nor any other member of the Cornwall Online Parish Clerk Project (OPC's) are affiliated in any way, with any Parish Council, nor do we claim to be. If you are looking for Constantine Parish Council or the Parish Clerk for Constantine and not the Online Parish Clerk (me) please use the following link: www.constantinecornwall.com/parish/council.htm

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