St Thomas the Apostle Rural

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Tregadillett is located in Cornwall
Tregadillett shown within Cornwall
Population 836 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid reference SX298838
Civil parish
  • St Thomas the Apostle Rural
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PL15
Dialling code 01566
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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50°37′44″N 4°24′29″W / 50.629°N 4.408°W / 50.629; -4.408Coordinates: 50°37′44″N 4°24′29″W / 50.629°N 4.408°W / 50.629; -4.408

St Thomas the Apostle Rural, also known as St Thomas-by-Launceston (Cornish: Sen Tommos Lannstefan) is a civil parish in east Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.[1] It is centred on the village of Tregadillett (Cornish: Tregadylet)[2] and is in the Registration District of Launceston.

The parish lies to the west of the town of Launceston. It is bounded to the east by Launceston St Mary Magdelene, to the south by South Petherwin, to the west by Trewen, and to the north by Egloskerry and St Stephen-by-Launceston. The population of the parish in the 2001 census was 815. The district falls within the Altarnun civil ward but at the 2011 Census the parish population had increased only slightly to 836.[3]

In the 19th century, the parish of St Thomas the Apostle was split into rural and urban parts, the urban part being incorporated into Launceston. Thus the population in the 1891 census is given as 352 (urban) and 924 (rural).


Parish church[edit]

The original parish church, dedicated to St Thomas, is on the northern outskirts of the town of Launceston at OS Grid Ref SX327850 near the ruins of St Thomas's Priory and the River Kensey. It is largely of 15th century date, but the lower part of the tower is 14th century: interesting features include a Norman font and tympanum, and two wall paintings.[4] However, the later mission church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, is in the village of Tregadillett at OS Grid Ref SX296840.

There is a Cornish cross in the churchyard, found when the church was rebuilt in 1869-70.[5]


The Eliot Arms, Tregadillett

Tregadillett (Cornish: Tregadyles) is the largest settlement in the parish and is situated beside the A30 trunk road about 3 miles (5 km) west of Launceston. The village has a school, a pub and a post office.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel. Cornish Language Partnership.
  3. ^ Tregadillet population
  4. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books
  5. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 93-94