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Callington, in Cornish, Kelliwik, is an ancient market town famous for its annual Honey Fair

It stands at the foot of the impressive Kit Hill which is famous for its mining heritage. Callington was part of this 19th century mining activity and expanded and became prosperous from the surrounding mines.

As you walk around Callington you can see scenes from the town's history painted in murals on various buildings - The Mural Project. A booklet is available in the town, showing where the murals are located.

The area around Callington is popular for fruit growing as the land is very fertile, located between two large rivers - the Tamar and the Lynher.

Callington's Parish Church is dedicated to St Mary. The present church dates from the 15th century. A Cornish lantern cross can be seen in the churchyard. Inside the church are tombs belonging to the Willoughby and Ayssheton families.

Callington's old jail can be seen on Fore Street near the overhead 'Tillie Street' sign. The Old Clink is not open to the public. It was built in 1851 and cost £60. The Old Clink has two cells on the ground floor where petty criminals were detained.

The upper floor of the building served as a Vestry room where Parish officers would oversee the payment of poor relief to the poor of the parish.

Callington Heritage Centre holds a number of collections of interesting historical information which tells the story of Callington and its surrounding area. For more information

The derivation of the town's name has various explanations. T.F.G. Dexter considered it was possibly 'grove in a meadow' from the Cornish word 'celli' meaning grove and the word 'ton', while more recent authorities suggest that the name is English and means 'settlement at the bare hill' from the words 'calu' meaning bare hill and 'tun' meaning a settlement.

For more on the History of Callington

Search Parish Records online - births, banns, marriages, baptisms, deaths, burials

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General Information

Callington has a range of shopping facilities.

A selection of Tourist Information brochures about Callington and the surrounding area can be obtained by emailing the Town Clerk. Email:

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There are many ATMs in Callington with most of the major banks represented and a Link cash points. They can be found at the banks on Fore Street, the supermarket on New Road and the supermarket on Tavistock Road.

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Callington is 7.5 miles north of Saltash, the south coast gateway to Cornwall.

Callington is located in the area of Looe and South East Cornwall.
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