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St Blazey, Cornwall

Historical Description

Blazey, St, a small town and a parish in Cornwall. The town stands under an amphitheatre of wooded heights, with a station on the G.W.R., 276 miles from London, and 4 ENE of St Austell. It took its name from Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste, in Armenia, who is said to have landed at Par in the third century, and to have suffered martyrdom in 316. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Par station (R.S.O.), and is a centre of traffic for the neighbouring mines. The town hall was erected in 1881, and will accommodate about 500 persons. There is a Working Men's Institute, established in 1882. The parish includes also Par harbour. Acreage, 1791; population of the civil parish, 2705; of the ecclesiastical, 1716. Much scenery within the parish and in the neighbourhood is picturesque and romantic. Prideaux, an ancient edifice with granite stairs, is on a height above the town; and Prideaux Warren, the remains of an ancient earthwork, is on an Adjacent height. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; value, £120 with residence. The church has an effigy of St Blaise, and is good; it was restored in 1883. There are Wesleyan Methodist, Primitive Methodist, and United Free Methodist chapels. The vicarage of Biscovey or Par is a separate benefice. R. Allen, who brought oolite stone into use, was a native.

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 parishBlazey St. 
Poor Law unionSt. Austell 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for St Blazey 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 districtPL24
Post TownPar