Place:Gwennap, Cornwall, England

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NameGwennap
TypeCivil parish, Village
Coordinates50.217°N 5.171°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoKerrier Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Redruth Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1934
Camborne-Redruth, Cornwall, Englandurban district to which part was transferred 1934
Truro Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district to which part was transferred 1934
Redruth Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1837-1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Gwennap (Cornish: Lannwenep) is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England. It is about five miles (8 km) southeast of Redruth. As a civil parish it also included the parishes of St. Day, Carharrack, Cusgarn and Lanner.

In the 18th and early 19th centuries Gwennap parish was the richest copper mining district in Cornwall, and was called the "richest square mile in the Old World". It is the location of the Great County Adit, and once-famous mines such as Consolidated Mines, Poldice mine and Wheal Busy.

Gwennap was part of the Redruth Rural District between 1894 and 1934. When the rural district was abolished it was split between Camborne-Redruth Urban District and Truro Rural District. All urban and rural districts in Cornwall were abolished in the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974. Cornwall is now a unitary authority.

Copper and Tin mining

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Research Tips

One of the many maps available on A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Cornwall at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets.

The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases.

  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Cornwall as well as providing 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.


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