Place:Par, Cornwall, England

Coordinates50.35°N 4.717°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoTywardreath, Cornwall, Englandcivil parish of which it is a part
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Par (meaning cove) is a town and fishing port with a harbour on the south coast of Cornwall, England. The town has been, since 1974, situated in the civil parish of Tywardreath and Par (formerly the parish of Tywardreath), although West Par and the docks lies in the St Blaise parish (formerly the parish of St. Blazey). Par is approximately 3.5 miles (5.6 km) east of St. Austell. Par had a population of around 1,600 in 2012 (according to a local estimate [dead link]).

Par became developed in the second quarter of the nineteenth century when the harbour was developed, in order to serve copper mines and other mineral sites in and surrounding the Luxulyan Valley; china clay later became the dominant traffic as copper working declined, and the harbour and the china clay "dries" remain as distinctive features of the industrial heritage; however the mineral activity is much reduced.

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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