Place:Gorran, Cornwall, England

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NameGorran
Alt namesSt. Goransource: A Vision of Britain through Time, Wikipedia
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates50.2411°N 4.7888°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoPowder Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
St. Austell, Cornwall, Englandurban district of which it was part 1894-1934
St. Austell Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
St. Austell Registration District, Cornwall, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1837-1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

St. Goran (commonly known as Gorran) is a coastal civil parish in Cornwall, England. The church town, Gorran Churchtown, is situated approximately six miles (10 km) south-southwest of St. Austell. However, the largest settlement in the parish is the coastal village of Gorran Haven, a mile to the east. (There are short articles on both Gorran Churchtown and Gorran Haven in Wikipedia.)

The parish is bounded by the sea to the east and south. It is bordered by St. Michael-Carhayes parish to the west and by St. Ewe and Mevagissey parishes to the north.

The patron saint Guron or Goronus is said to have come here from Bodmin. The parish church is a fine building of the 15th century though the foundation is Norman. Features of interest include the bench ends and the late medieval font. At Gorran Haven is a 15th-century chapel of St Just, restored in the 1860s. At Bodrugan there are some remains of the medieval manor house of the Bodrugans which also had a chapel.

Thomas Tonkin, MP and historian, is buried at the parish church.

Gorran was part of St. Austell Urban District from 1894 until 1934 and part of the St. Austell Rural District from 1934 until 1974.

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.