Portreath, Cornwall

Historical Description

Portreath, a seaport village in Illogan parish, Cornwall, on a pretty cove, 4 miles NW by W of Redruth. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Redruth; has also a harbour, formed in 1760 by the Bassets of Tehidy, and protected by batteries on the adjacent heights; exports copper ore to Swansea, and ranks as a chapelry, united to Illogan. It has a chapel of ease, and also Wesleyan and Methodist chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Cornwall
Civil parish Illogan
Hundred Penwith
Poor Law union Redruth

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR16
Post TownRedruth