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Tremail, Trewassa

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The parish of Davidstow is located on the road from Launceston to Camelford and Wadebridge, in the hundred of Lesnewth. It is rolling farmland, with light soil over rock. The chief crops are wheat, oats, and root crops. St. Kitt's hill, on the western side of the parish, is 985 feet above sea level. The rivers Camel and Inney arise here. Davidstow Moor adjoins Bodmin moor, and has an airfield, in use by small planes and a flying club. (to contact them, see link below) The village hall, near the creamery, was once the gymnasium for the airfield. The airfield ambulance station and mortuary has been a private workshop for a number of years. Today, "Dairy Crest" are the largest employers in the area.

There were Bible Christian and United Methodist Free chapels at Tremail and Trewassa; Tremail Chapel is still operational. The Church of England's St. David, which was rebuilt in the Early English style over the ruins of an older church, was paid for by Miss Pearse, of Launceston, in the late 1800's. It holds approximately 250 people. She also donated stained-glass windows, in honour of her parents and their families, which had owned land in the area for centuries. In 1890, the lay rector, Michael Williams, Esq., contributed three stained glass windows to honour his father and sisters. The Vicarage residence and 26 acres of glebe was a gift of H.R.H. the Duke of Cornwall.

The parish register dates from 1709. In 1891, the population was 393.

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05 Mar 2014


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