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1. Boundary Stone   2. Trebartha Hall   3. Pethins   4. War Memorial at Congdon's Shop




The west of the parish is dominated by the granite hills which form the eastern flank of Bodmin Moor. From East Moor and Twelve Men’s Moor the granite outcrops of Hawk’s Tor, Kilmar Tor and Bearah Tor look down onto the rolling hills which form the valley of the River Lynher. The Lynher crosses the parish Looking west across the parish from Coad's Green to Bodmin Moor.from the north west to the south east and drains into the Tamar River.

People have lived in the parish for thousands of years. Up on the wild expanses of Twelve Men’s Moor in the west of the parish can be seen Bronze Age settlements. As the people became more civilized and cleared the lower lying land so they moved down into the lower, less exposed, areas. You can read more about the settlement in the parish by clicking here.

The parish of North Hill (Bre Gledh in Cornish) is about six miles south west of Launceston, once the county town of Cornwall. The parish has two village centres at North Hill village, occasionally referred to as Churchtown, and Coad’s Green. Other centres of population in the parish are Bathpool, Berrio Bridge, Lanoy, Middlewood and Newtown. The parish population is usually between 900 and 1000 people.


Thomas Moule writing in his 1838 description of “The Hundred of East” records “NORTHILL, 7 miles S.W. from Launceston, contains 153 houses and 1089 inhabitants, including the hamlets of Trebartha, Treveniel, and Illand. The 1699 map of the parish showing the River Lynher. Bodmin Moor is to the west of the river.church, dedicated to St. Torney, is a rectory, value Ł36 6s 8d”.

The parish church of St Torney is in North Hill village and the holy well of St Torney is situated by the River Lynher. To the west of North Hill village is Trebartha where Trebartha Hall can be found. This was the home of the influential Spoure and Rodd families.

Coad’s Green has its own Methodist Chapel and village hall. The parish war memorial is situated at Congdon’s Shop midway between North Hill village and Coad’s Green. There were once Wesleyan Methodist chapels at North Hill, Coads Green, and Bathpool and Bible Christian chapels at Middlewood and Congdon's Shop. The war memorial is at Congdon’s Shop where the B3254 meets the B3257. There is one school in the parish, Coad’s Green Primary School. The only public house left in the parish is The Racehorse in North Hill village. North Hill has an active association football team (soccer).

Prehistoric settlements abound on the moor and a reconstructed Bronze Age village can be found at Trewortha. Seven of the present day settlements were recorded in the Domesday Book, viz: Illand, Landreyne, Penhole, Tolcarne, Trebartha, Trefrize and Trevenniel. You can read more of the Fee of Trevenniel on the ‘Launceston Then!’ website.

For centuries the North Hill parish economy has been based upon three main occupations of farming, mining for metals and quarrying for granite. There are now no active mines in the parish but quarrying continues and farming is still the main source of employment for those working in the parish. In recent years tourism has increased in importance. Many current residents commute to larger centres of population to work.

Click on the image of Kelly’s directory to see who was living in the parish and what they were doing over 100 years ago.

North Hill is bounded by the neighbouring parishes of St Cleer, Altarnun, Lewannick, Lezant and Linkinhorne. The boundaries of the parish are marked in many places by ancient stones; an example can be seen in the first picture at the top of this page. The process of ‘Beating the Bounds’ takes place from time to time, the last occasion being in 2013.



Water is not a commodity that is in short supply in North Hill. The prevailing south westerly winds bring moist air from the Atlantic Ocean and as the air rises it cools into the rain we know only too well. Many homes have private water supplies from springs and streams on the moor but those furthest from the moor are supplied with mains water.

An Act of Parliament from the reign of Edward VIII in 1936 established the manner in which mains water could be taken from the moor by the South East Cornwall Water Board. The detailed section of the act dealing with the local works to be done can be seen by clicking on this image (1mb pdf).

A later development took mains water to Lezant and the 1965 map showing the course of the mains can be seen by clicking on the map below (0.9mb pdf).

We are grateful to John Panter for supplying the map and the copy of the Act.


We’d love to publish some histories of other places in the parish. If you would like to put together something on the history of the following places, for example, and send them in to our secretary for publication we’d be delighted (don’t worry about making it look nice, we can do that for you):  Bathpool, Kingbear, Stonaford, Slipper Hill and Middlewood etc. You may wish to see what we have done with Jim Edward’s recollections.


The images at the top of the page show (L-R): a parish boundary stone; Trebartha Hall as depicted in the Book of Spoure; Pethins, a house in North Hill village; the parish war memorial at Congdon’s Shop.

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