Torpoint is in the far South East of Cornwall.
Torpoint is an eighteenth century planned town. The grid-based design for the town was commissioned by Reginald Pole Carew in the Parish of Antony in 1774. His family continued to have a strong influence in the area, having become the Carew Poles, and still reside at their family seat, Antony House.
The Torpoint Archives have a great deal of useful information to help those researching their Torpoint ancestry. Such information includes the Torpoint Censuses 1841 - 1891, local parish (baptisms, marriages and burials) records, Trade Directories from 1830, and, for the late 18th century, there are extracts from the Antony Estate records showing many residents in Torpoint in the 1770/1780s.
There is a large collection of Family Trees donated by those with Torpoint/Antony connections and the collection continues to grow with all names indexed. There is also a very fine photographic collection with over 12,000 photographs on a wide range of subjects - school photographs, Weddings, Events, Locations, Personalities and Sport.
A recent project conducted by the archive involved taking displays of photographs out to community functions, linking up with reminiscence groups and creating school hand-outs. The resource has also been used by residents seeking the historical and social background to their houses.