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CALLINGTON (Cornish : Kelliwik ) is a civil parish and town in south-east Cornwall
, England, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
about 7 miles (11 km) north of Saltash
and 9 miles (14 km) south of Launceston .

Callington parish had a population of 4,783 in 2001, according to the 2001 census . This had increased to 5,786 in the 2011 census.


* 1 Geography

* 1.1 Railway station

* 2 Economy * 3 History * 4 Governance * 5 Development * 6 Twinning * 7 Sport * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links


The town is situated in east Cornwall
between Dartmoor to the east and Bodmin Moor
Bodmin Moor
to the west. A former agricultural market town, it lies at the intersection of the south-north A388 Saltash
to Launceston road and the east-west A390 Tavistock to Liskeard road.

Kit Hill is a mile north-east of the town and rises to 333 metres (1,093 ft) with views of Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor
Bodmin Moor
and the River Tamar
River Tamar

The hamlets of Bowling Green, Kelly Bray , Frogwell and Downgate are in the parish.


Main article: Callington railway station

Callington railway station was the terminus of a branch line from Bere Alston
Bere Alston
, the junction with the Southern Railway 's Tavistock to Plymouth line. The railway line beyond Gunnislake to the Callington terminus was closed in the 1960s, due to low usage and difficult operating conditions on the final sections of the line due to several severe gradients and speed restrictions. One can still travel by rail on the Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth as far as Gunnislake via Bere Alston, where trains reverse. For most of its journey the line follows the River Tamar. The nearest railway station to Callington is at Saltash.


Food manufacturers Ginsters and Tamar Foods (both wholly owned subsidiaries of Samworth Brothers) are the largest employers in the town and employ hundreds of locals as well as many immigrants who have arrived as a consequence of the recent accession to the EU of a number of Eastern European countries.

Ginsters uses local produce in many of its products, buying potatoes and other vegetables from local farmers and suppliers.

is a predominantly low wage economy with a high proportion of its income being derived from agriculture and tourism.


St.Mary's Church, viewed from SE Tomb and effigy of Robert Willoughby, 1st Baron Willoughby de Broke (d.1502), St.Mary's Church, Callington, north wall of chancel

Callington has been postulated as one of the possible locations of the ancient site of Celliwig , associated with King Arthur
King Arthur
. Nearby ancient monuments include Castlewitch Henge with a diameter of 96m and Cadsonbury Iron Age hillfort , as well as Dupath Well built in 1510 on the site of an ancient sacred spring .

Callington was recorded in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
(1086); the manor had four hides of land and land for thirty ploughs. The lord had land for three ploughs with eleven serfs. Twenty-four villeins and fourteen smallholders had land for fifteen ploughs. There were also one and a half square leagues of pasture and a small amount of woodland. The income of the manor was £6 sterling.

In the 19th-century, Callington was one of the most important mining areas in Great Britain. Deposits of silver were found nearby in Silver Valley. Today, the area is marked by mining remains, but there are no active mines. Granite
is still quarried on Hingston Down
Hingston Down

The former Callington constituency , a rotten borough , elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons but was abolished by the Reform Act 1832
Reform Act 1832
. The town is now in the South East Cornwall constituency .

St Mary's Church was originally a chapel of ease to South Hill ; it was consecrated in 1438 and then had two aisles and a buttressed tower; a second north aisle was added in 1882. Unusually for Cornwall there is a clerestory; the wagon roofs are old. The parish church contains the fine brass of Nicholas Assheton and his wife, 1466.


Callington is one of a small number of towns to continue to appoint a Portreeve ; originally a medieval revenue officer and now an honorary title given to the chairman of the town council. Callington Town Council has twelve members and covers the civil parish of Callington. At the Council elections in 2013 only ten candidates stood, eight Independents and two Mebyon Kernow
Mebyon Kernow


In recent years, the town has seen much residential development with more, including social housing, planned for the next few years. The neighbouring village of Kelly Bray has almost doubled in size in recent years with houses still being built in the area.


Callington is twinned with Guipavas in Brittany
, France, and Barsbüttel near Hamburg
in Germany. It also has unofficial friendship links with Keila
in Estonia
and a suburb of Malaga
, Spain


Callington has both football and cricket teams. Callington Town Football Club (established 1989) has four adult teams playing in the South West Peninsula League , East Cornwall
League , Duchy League and South West Regional Women\'s Football League . They all play at Marshfield Parc. Callington Cricket Club has three teams playing in the Cornwall
Cricket League and play their games at Moores Park.


* People from Callington * Dupath Well * East Cornwall
Mineral Railway * Callington Community College


* ^ "List of Place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel" (PDF). Cornish Language Partnership. May 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2015. * ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth Explore Britain * ^ "Ginsters\' pasties \'Cornish through and through\' thanks to Objective One". Objective One - Press Release. Retrieved 2009-05-27. * ^ Pearce, Susan M. (1974), "The Cornish Elements in the Arthurian Tradition", Folklore, 85 (3): 147, JSTOR
1260070 – via JSTOR (subscription required) * ^ The Megalithic Portal
and Megalith Map. "Castlewitch Henge Henge : The Megalithic Portal
and Megalith Map:". Megalithic.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-07. * ^ "Flying Past - The Historic Environment of Cornwall: Power and Authority". Historic-cornwall.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-07. * ^ The Megalithic Portal
and Megalith Map. "Cadson Bury Hillfort : The Megalithic Portal
and Megalith Map:". Megalithic.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-07. * ^ "Domesday Reloaded: CADSON BURY". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2012-09-07. * ^ Thorn, C. et al. (1979) Cornwall. Chichester: Phillimore; entry 1,10 * ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; pp. 48-49 * ^ Dunkin, E. (1882) Monumental Brasses. London, Spottiswoode; pp. 16-18, pl. XV * ^ "Portreeve". Callington Town Council. Retrieved 22 June 2017.