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Michaelstow Church
Michaelstow is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
Population233 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid referenceSX079788
Civil parish
  • Michaelstow
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBODMIN
Postcode districtPL30
Dialling code01208
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
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
The cross in the churchyard

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 (4.8 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, lit.'castle on the hill of the old court'), an Iron Age hill fort, stands on Michaelstow Beacon half-a-mile north of the village.


  1. ^ "Cornish Place Names". www.cornishplacenames.co.uk.
  2. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) Archived 15 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine : 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

Further reading[edit]

Media related to Michaelstow at Wikimedia Commons

  • Maclean, John (1872–79) The Parochial and Family History of the Deanery of Trigg Minor. 3 vols. London: Nichols & Son