Before 1800

1800 - 1899

1900 - Present

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1800 BC – 500 BC

Bronze Age man lived on the moor in the north east of the parish. Hut circles and enclosures can be seen on the flanks of Trewortha Tor. Read more ...

The Celts also built homes on the moor after their arrival in the time after the Bronze Age. Read more ...



c720 AD- -c900 AD

North Hill, being in the Tamar Valley between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, formed part of a zone between the warring Celts of Cornwall and the encroaching Saxons from the east. This explains the higher incidence of non-Cornish place names in this part of the county. North Hill is a Saxon name. Read more ...




Cornwall loses its independence to the Saxon crown at the Battle of Hingston Down (St Ann’s Chapel).



The eastern bank of the Tamar river was established as the boundary between Cornwall and Devon.


1066 – December 25th

William the Conqueror takes the English throne. Cornwall was given by the king to his half brother Robert, Count of Mortain.



A charter of Robert, Count of Mortain, concerning the foundation of a church of secular canons of St Stephen in Launceston, mentions Landren (Landreyne) along with other settlements such as Trebursye and Tregadillet.


Seven places in the parish were recorded in The Domesday Book. Read more ... (1mb pdf)


Launceston Priory, an Augustinian house, was founded around this time by Bishop Warelwast of Exeter. It was on the site of an older community of secular canons which had been recognized in a charter of Robert, Count of Mortain, in 1075. The Prioy was to become significant landowners in the history of mediaeval North Hill.



Earl Reginald of Caradon granted an area of land, later to be known as Twelve Men’s Moor, to the Canons of St Stephen of Launceston. The modern day boundaries of the moor in North Hill parish very closely reflect the description in the 12th century manuscript. Read more ...


Baldwin, 3rd Earl of Devon grants Kingbear Wood to Launceston Priory. [The Addicroft mentioned here is in Linkinhorne parish]. Read more ...

1244 – (Easter)

At a court held in Launceston a dispute over lands in Botternell between Bernard, son of Roger, and Henry, prior of Launceston Priory, was settled. The priory took the lands but they paid 4 marks of silver to Bernard. Read more ...



Ralph de Ilstinstone was appointed as Rector of North Hill Parish. This is the earliest recorded incumbent but it appears that he took over a vacant position. This could imply that there had been others before him. The church has a Norman font, pictured here, which also points to a church here before this time, possibly a wooden structure.


1278 – April 24th

Release of ½ Cornish Acre in Botternell [equivalent to 64 statute acres] by Bernard de Brodbant to Launceston Priory. Read more ...


1285 – February 21st

A charter granted by Henry, formerly the Prior of Launceston gave the rights to the moor to twelve men and is the earliest surviving record that uses the term Twelve Men’s Moor. Read more ...


1441 – March 3rd

The date of the most recent document recorded in the cartulary of Launceston Priory. At some point after this and probably in the late 15th or early 16th centuries a Thomas Banks was required to transcribe the deeds and documents of Launceston Priory and his work was collated into a single cartulary. The cartulary contains documents citing places now in North Hill in the period dating from the conquest in 1066.


Construction of the north aisle of St Torney’s commemorating the marriage of William Courtenay, holder of the manor of Landreyne, to Katherine of York, daughter of Edward IV.

1555 – January 15th

Earliest recorded marriage at St Torney’s. Dionise EDWARD married Katharine BADLAM.



Muster Roll of Cornwall showing the more affluent North Hill residents. Read more ...


Daniel Featley was appointed Rector of North Hill, receiving a much needed stipend of £150. He wrote to the Bishop of Salisbury of his time in North Hill “Please God to remove me out of this barren and thirsty soyle and settle me near the wellsprings of knowledge, that I may quench my thirst of controversy-learning”. Read more ...

1619 – July 21st

Earliest surviving baptismal record for St Torney’s. ‘Ellioner, the daughter of William Jeffrey,’ was baptised.


16th century Berriow Bridge was repaired.


English Civil War; The Lostwithiel Campaign. King Charles I, Prince Maurice and the Royalist Army marched from Launceston through North Hill, across Berriow Bridge, up Port Lane and across the flanks of the moor towards Restormel.


Trebartha Hall passes into the hands of the Rodd family. Read more ...


1758 – June 21st

Vincent Darley of Battens in NorthIll complained that Richard Luskey had too many animals on the common pasture on Twelve Men's Moor. This led to an acrimonious set of legal proceedings which was eventually settled by Parliament in Westminster. Read more ...



A slate sundial was added to the exterior of St Torney’s Church. It keeps local North Hill time, a few minutes after GMT, because the sun rises a little later in North Hill than Greenwich and because GMT was not adopted across the UK until the mid 1800s.

1764 – February 8th

Vincent Darley of Battens died. Thereafter he haunted the road between Battens and Botternell as a black dog. This was recorded in 'The Dog Called Darley' by Barbara C Spooner, April 1926. Old Cornwall 1:9, pp23-26. Read more ...

1776 – October 9th

John Roberts of North Hill, a labourer, was convicted at Bodmin of stealing a dowlas shirt and a pair of yarn hose, value 2d., from Henry Couch. He was sentenced to 3 months' hard labour, followed by public whipping.



Before 1800

1800 - 1899

1900 - Present


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