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Perranzabuloe, Cornwall

Historical Description

Perranzabuloe or St Piran-in-the-Sands, a parish on the N coast of Cornwall, and 5½ miles NW of Truro station on the G.W.R. It contains the village of, Perranporth, which has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Truro; it includes part of the chapelry of Mithian; extends 3 miles along the coast; and takes its name, signifying "St Piran-in-the Sands," from devastating sand-drifts. Acreage, 10,897; population of the civil parish, 2374; of the ecclesiastical, 2167. Chyverton is a chief residence. Copper, lead, and tin have been mined. There are large dynamite works in a remote portion of the cliffs, and these give employment to a considerable number of men and girls. Perran Round, which we have separately noticed, is a chief antiquity; and there are a barrow and three camps, severally British, Roman, and Saxon. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; net value, £230 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Truro. The church was rebuilt in 1805 and restored in 1879. Two previous churches were overwhelmed by the sands, and one of them, after having been lost to view for ages, was discovered in 1835. There are several Wesleyan chapels 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 parishPerranzabuloe St. Peran 
Poor Law unionTruro 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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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 districtTR4
Post TownTruro