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Merther, Cornwall

Historical Description

Merther, a parish in Cornwall, on St Clement's Creek, a tributary of the Fal river, 6 miles E by S of Truro station on the G.W.R. Post town, Probus. Acreage, 1804; population, 223. The manor and most of the land belong to Viscount Falmouth. Tresawsan, now a farmhouse, was formerly the seat of the Hals family, and was inhabited by William Hals, author of the " Parochial History of Cornwall." Tresilian Bridge spans St Clement's Creek near the boundary with Probus parish, and a commerce up to that point is carried on in coal, lime, and timber. The entrance lodge of Tregothnan, the seat of Viscount Falmouth, adjoins the bridge, though the mansion is 4 miles distant. Here was the place where the royal army surrendered to Fairfax in 1646. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; value, £50. Patron, the Vicar of Probus. The church is ancient but good, and has a tower surmounted by a wooden bell-turret. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a mission church.

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 parishMerther St. Merther 
Poor Law unionTruro 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Merther from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR2
Post TownTruro