Ruan Major, Cornwall
Ruan Major, a parish in Cornwall, near the coast, 8 miles SSE of Helston station on the G.W.R., and 18½ S by W of Penryn. Post town and money order office, Ruan Minor; telegraph office, Cadgwith. Acreage, 2533; population of the civil parish, 79; of the ecclesiastical, 73. An ancient seat of the Eriseys was here. The living is a rectory, annexed to that of Landewednack, in the diocese of Truro; net value, £133 with residence. The church is small, and was rebuilt in 1866.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Ruan Major St. Ruan|
|Poor Law union||Helston|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register of baptisms dates from the year 1682; marriages and burials, 1685.
Church of England
St. Rumon (parish church)
The church of St. Rumon is an edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1866, but on a smaller scale, and consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower 45 feet high, with crocketed pinnacles and containing one bell, dated 1630: there is one stained window: the church affords 100 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Ruan Major from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Ruan Major (St. Ruan))
Online maps of Ruan Major are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cornwall papers online:
- Royal Cornwall Gazette
- West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser
- Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser
We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.