About Calstock Parish
Calstock Parish is situated in the south east of Cornwall, close to the Devon border. The parish’s two main villages (Gunnislake and Calstock itself) account for almost half of the population. Harrowbarrow, St. Ann’s Chapel, Drakewalls, Albaston, Chilsworthy, Latchley and other small villages, house the remaining population. There are 2617 households within the parish which has a population of 6095.
Much of this beautiful parish is within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which covers the Tamar, Tavy, Lynher Rivers and the surrounding countryside – Calstock village is designated as a conservation area.The undulating landscape takes in the granite ridge running from Kit Hill to Gunnislake, the Tamar River and beautiful waterfront areas, woodlands and rolling farm land.
Other areas of interest within the parish include: Hingston Down Quarry, which, because of rare minerals found in the exposed quarry veins, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI); as well as Kit Hill and Hingston Down Barrow which are classed as Areas of Great Historic Value (AGHV).
In the past, the parish has supported many forms of employment: market gardening, farming, wool trade (a mill was in use at Calstock), quarrying (Hingston Down quarry), mining (Drakewalls Mine), boat building, retail etc.
Unfortunately, automation, development (e.g.railway) and other factors have resulted, as in other areas, in the decline of many industries that did exist within the parish. Although there is employment within the parish, the quarry, shops, boat yards etc., are still operating (albeit to a lesser extent in some cases), there is an ever increasing need for residents to travel to main towns that lie outside of the parish boundaries.
However, the lack of major new developments has allowed the parish to retain much of its natural beauty, environment and charm.
The parish is wholly within the World Heritage Site. Calstock and Gunnislake have also been included as part of the Cornwall Industrial Settlements Initiative.
Being in the WHS helps in the conservation, promotion and education of Cornish mining culture and identity, allowing the sites to be enjoyed by both current and future generations.