Cardinham (Cornish: Kardhinan) (the spelling 'Cardynham' is almost
obsolete) is a civil parish and a village in mid Cornwall, England,
United Kingdom. The village is situated approximately three-and-a-half
miles (6 km), east-northeast of Bodmin. The hamlets of
Fletchersbridge, Millpool, Milltown, Mount,
Old Cardinham Castle
Old Cardinham Castle and
Welltown are in the parish.
Large areas which were once deciduous woodland are now plantations of
conifers known as
Cardinham Woods and managed by the Forestry
Commission. Edmund John Glynn, of
Glynn House in the parish, rebuilt
the house at Glynn in 1805 (it has a front of nine bays and a
1 Early history
2 Parish church
3 China clay
4 Notable residents
5 See also
7 External links
Richard Fitz Turold (Thorold) was an Anglo-Norman landowner of the
eleventh century, mentioned in the Domesday Survey. He had a castle at
Cardinham, where he was a major tenant and steward of Robert of
Mortain. The holding included the manor of Penhallam. His son was
William Fitz Richard of Cardinham.
Restormel Castle belonged to the
Cardinhams in the 12th century, until Andrew de Cardinham's daughter
married Thomas de Tracey.
Cardinham Castle remained in the family
(succeeded by the Dinhams) until the 14th century and later became a
ruin. The manor of
Cardinham is one of the few where the custom of
Free Bench is recorded: by this a widow could retain tenure of the
land until she remarried.
The Tenant-in-chief of the manor of Glynn as recorded in the Domesday
Book (1086) was Robert, Count of Mortain; when it was one of several
manors held by Osferth of Okehampton, County Devon, who had also held
it before 1066 and paid tax for 1 virgate of land. There was land for
2 ploughs. There were 1 plough, 1 serf, 2 villeins, 6 smallholders,
100 acres of woodland, 40 acres of pasture, 4 unbroken mares, 2 cows,
24 sheep and 7 goats. The value of the manor was 10 shillings though
it has formerly been worth £2 sterling.
One of the crosses in the churchyard
Cardinham Methodist Church
The parish church is dedicated to St Meubred: it has north and south
aisles and a tower of granite. The chancel suffered bomb damage in
World War II. Two freestanding Celtic crosses of stone, bearing
Latin have been found in Cardinham; both had been
embedded in the walls of the fifteenth-century church and were moved
after their discovery to the churchyard. One has been dated to the
fifth to eighth centuries, the other to the tenth or eleventh
centuries: Arthur Langdon (1896) also records five other stone
crosses in the parish. In the church is the brass of Thomas
Awmarle, rector of Cardinham, d. 1401?
The former quarry of the Glynn Valley China Clay Works has closed down
and is now flooded. It was in operation from the 1940s but since 2015
the site has been used for camping.
Lieutenant General Hussey Vivian, 1st Baron Vivian, GCB, GCH, PC
(1775–1842), lived at Glynn House
Peter D. Mitchell, biochemist and Nobel Prize winner, founded Glynn
Research Ltd in Glynn House.
Cassie Patten, the British Olympic swimmer, was born at Cardinham.
John Penrose, born in Cardinham, where his father, also named John,
was vicar of the parish. He was afterwards Vicar of Poundstock.
Feudal barony of Cardinham
^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200
Newquay & Bodmin
^ Cornwall; Explore Britain
^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books
^ Flying Past - The Historic Environment of Cornwall: The First Farms
^ Pastscape - Detailed Result: PENHALLAM MANOR[permanent dead link]
^ Cornish Church Cuide (1925) Truro: Blackford; pp. 71-72
^ Thorn, C. et al., ed. (1979) Cornwall, Chichester: Phillimore; entry
^ see the discussion and bibliography in Elisabeth Okasha, Corpus of
Early Christian Inscribed Stones of South-west Britain. Leicester:
University Press, 1993; pp. 85-90.
^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard
^ Dunkin, E. (1882) Monumental Brasses. London, Spottiswoode
^ Evans, Dixe (2016-07-02) "Ship me to the Cornish moors"; The
Guardian, p. 5
Soulsby, Ian N. (1976) Richard Fitz Turold, Lord of Penhallam,
Cornwall, in: Medieval Archaeology; vol. 20 (1976) pp. 146–48,
Davis, Philip. "
Cardinham Castle". Retrieved 2009-05-24.
Media related to
Cardinham at Wikimedia Commons
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See also: List of civil parishes in Cornwall
Population of major settlements
Places of interest
Outline of Cornwall
Index of Cornwall-related articles
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St Minver Highlands
St Minver Lowlands
St Stephens by Launceston Rural
St Thomas the Apostle Rural
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