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Kilkhampton is a small picturesque town and parish with an impressive parish church.

Kilkhampton in History

Kilkhampton is believed to date from Saxon times when it was an important settlement, Kilketon. In the Domesday Book it is known as Chilcheton and taxed under the jurisdiction of Orcett (Orcot), now Orchard in this Parish.

It stands on the ancient Ridgeway which was used by monks from Hartland Abbey when they visited their land in this area.

The manor was awarded to the Granvilles, de Grenvilles in 1088 after the Norman Conquest. The family came from France, military leaders with William the Conqueror.

Aldercombe House, dating from the pre 17th century and Stowe, built 1680, manor of the Grenville family are near the town.

Kilkhampton is a former market town and was once a centre for the leather industry with tanning, bootmaking and saddlery being major trades.

Kilkhampton Parish Church

Dedicated to St James. Feast Day 25th July. Norman South doorway. The monks of Tewkesbury Abbey are believed to have built the church which stands on the Pilgrimage Route of St James of Compostella. Sir Bevil Grenville, Royalist leader in the Civil War, is buried here. A monument to him stands within the church. The list of Rectors goes back to 1312 with Richard Grenville, listed as Rector as that time.

Parish Records for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials date back to the mid 1500s and are held at the Cornwall Records Office. Some records are available online through the OPC database. Some transcripts of records have been published by the Cornwall Family History Society and are available to buy online.
(See our Family History section for links to all the online genealogist resources for Kilkhampton)

Formerly in the Deanery of Trigg Major, in the Hundred of Stratton.
Kilkhampton parish covers an area of 8493 acres.

General Information

For holiday accommodation in and around Kilkhampton see Kilkhampton accommodation listings or for accommodation throughout Cornwall visit our Cornwall Accommodation.

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The Crescent, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8LE

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