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Michaelstow Church
Michaelstow is located in Cornwall
Michaelstow shown within Cornwall
Population 233 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid reference SX079788
Civil parish
  • Michaelstow
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BODMIN
Postcode district PL30
Dialling code 01208
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°34′41″N 4°42′47″W / 50.578°N 4.713°W / 50.578; -4.713Coordinates: 50°34′41″N 4°42′47″W / 50.578°N 4.713°W / 50.578; -4.713

Michaelstow (Cornish: Logmighal (village) and Cornish: Pluwvighal yn Trygordh (parish)[1])[2] is a civil parish and village in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is about three miles (5 km) south of Camelford.[3] The hamlets of Fentonadle, Trevenning and Treveighan are in the parish.

The civil parish of Michaelstow is in the deanery of Trigg Minor and Hundred of Lesnewth. It is named after 'St Michael's holy place' and the parish church is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels. There is fine tall Cornish cross in the churchyard. Its original location is unknown; until it was removed in 1883 it formed part of a series of steps up to the churchyard.[4] Three more crosses are at Trevenning. The River Camel runs along its eastern edge and the surrounding parishes are Lanteglos-by-Camelford to the north, St Breward to the east, St Tudy to the south and St Teath to the west.[5]

Helsbury Castle (Cornish: Kastel Bre Henlys, meaning castle on the hill of the old court), an Iron Age hill fort, stands on Michaelstow Beacon half-a-mile north of the village.


The cross in the churchyard
  1. ^ http://www.cornishplacenames.co.uk/#places
  2. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel Archived 2013-05-15 at the Wayback Machine.. Cornish Language Partnership.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  4. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 186-87
  5. ^ [1] GENUKI website; Michaelstow; retrieved April 2010