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Bridge near Polyphant - geograph.org.uk - 708340.jpg
The bridge over the Penpont Water
Location: 50°36’43"N, 4°27’25"W
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Council: Cornwall

Polyphant is a little village in eastern Cornwall, five miles west of Launceston, near the convergence of the River Inny and Penpont Water.

The name is recorded as Polefand in the Domesday Book and as Polefant c. 1170.[1]

The manor of Polyphant is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as one of several manors held by Nigel from Robert, Count of Mortain. There was half a hide of land and land for 3 ploughs. There were 2 ploughs, 3 serfs, 3 villeins, 6 smallholders, 2 acres of meadow, 1 acre of woodland, 10 acres of pasture, 7 cattle and 30 sheep. The value of the manor was 15 shillings.[2]

The disused quarries to the north of the village, designated as the 'Polyphant Site of Special Scientific Interest'. When in operation they were the source of an ornamental building stone, a variety of elvan.[3]

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  1. Weatherhill, Craig (2009) A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-names. Westport, Mayo: Evertype; p. 57
  2. Thorn, C. et al., ed. (1979) Cornwall. Chichester: Phillimore; entry 5,6,8
  3. SSSI listing and designation for Polyphant