Ruan Minor, Cornwall
Ruan Minor, a parish, with a village, in Cornwall, on the coast, 3½ miles NNE of the Lizard, and 10 from Helston station on the G.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Helston; telegraph office, Cadgwith. Acreage, 704; population of the civil parish, 253; of the ecclesiastical, 552. There is a parish council consisting of six members. Building stone and serpentine are worked. The living is a rectory, annexed to Grade, in the diocese of Truro; net value, £250 with residence. The church is ancient but good, and was enlarged in 1879. There are Wesleyan, Methodist, and Bible Christian chapels, and a lifeboat station is at Cadgwith.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Ruan Minor St. Ruan|
|Poor Law union||Helston|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1653; marriages, 1657.
Church of England
St. Rumon (parish church)
The church of St. Rumon is a small building of stone in the Decorated style, skilfully restored in 1851-5, and consists of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, north porch and a western tower of one stage, with projecting embattled parapet and pyramidal roof and containing 2 bells, dated 1759 and 1624; a third bell has been removed: the chancel was enlarged in 1879: there are 120 sittings.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Ruan Minor from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Ruan Minor (St. Ruan))
Online maps of Ruan Minor 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.