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Ruan Minor, Cornwall

Historical Description

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.

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 Minor St. Ruan 
Poor Law unionHelston 

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

Church Records

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.

Church of St. Rumon, Ruan MinorNave of the church of St. Rumon, Ruan Minor

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ruan Minor from the following:


Online maps of Ruan Minor 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