Calstock is a large village situated in South East Cornwall, on the border with Devon. During the English Civil War (1642–1651) Calstock became a Royalist garrison consisting of around 2,000 Cornishmen. These men helped defend Gunnislake New Bridge when it was under attack by Parliamentarians. They were led by Sir Richard Grenville and Captain Southcote but were unsuccessful in their defence, losing countless lives in the process. Whilst the bridge was lost, the Parliamentarians did not gain further ground in Cornwall, and in gratitude, Charles I commended the men of Calstock and Cornwall. The King’s letter to the Cornish people is still displayed at St Andrew’s Church.
Calstock parish records list several Grenfells who were Baptised (1865-1892), Married (1833-1889) and Buried (1861-1910) . In addition, there are baptism records for Calstock Wesleyan Methodist Church (1854-1860).
St Andrew’s Church is the resting place of the following Grenfells:
Ann Elizabeth Grenfell d. 1901
Anthony Grenfell d. 1928
Theodore Clarence Grenfell Williams d. 1928
Ada B Grenfell d. 1956
Thomas Frederick Grenfell d. 1887
Emma Grenfell d. 1900
Thomas Grenfell d. 1916
Bessie Powning Grenfell d. 1861
Frederick William Grenfell d. 1864
George Henry Grenfell d. 1871
Amy Reynolds Grenfell d. 1883
Elizabeth Helen Grenfell d. 1894
Thomas Shugg Grenfell d. 1910
Mary Edith Grenfell d. 1922
Clarissa Jane Grenfell d. 1948
Lelia Grenfell d. 1954
More details of these Grenfells can be found on Calstock monumental inscriptions page.