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Forrabury or Fotherbury, Cornwall

Historical Description

Forrabury or Fotherbury, a parish in Cornwall, on the coast, 5 miles NNW of Camelford, and 20 N of Bodmin Road station on the G.W.R., 4 miles N of Camelford station on the S.W.R., opened in 1893. It includes part of the town of Boscastle, which has a post office (R.S.O.) Acreage, 539; population, 310. Slaty anthracite, dark shale, and manganese occur. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Truro; value, £82. The church stands above Boscastle, adjacent to the lofty headland of Willapark; is dedicated to St Simphorian, who is traditionally said to have been buried in it; has a tower, and is in good condition. Outside it is an ancient granite cross on a limestone pedestal. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 CountyCornwall 
Ecclesiastical parishForrabury St. Simphorian 
Poor Law unionCamelford 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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