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Ruan Major, Cornwall

Historical Description

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.

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 parishRuan Major St. Ruan 
Poor Law unionHelston 

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

Church Records

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.

Civil Registration

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:


Online maps of Ruan Major are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cornwall papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTR12
Post TownHelston