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Veryan, Cornwall

Historical Description

Veryan, a parish in Cornwall, on the coast, 3½ miles S of Tregony, and 8½ S of Grampound Road station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Grampound Road; money order and telegraph office, Ruan High Lanes. Acreage, 5716; population, 1259. The manor was known at Domesday as Elerkie, and belonged then to the Earl of Mortaigne; it is now the property of the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. Veryan Bay is a semi-circular indentation between Nare Head and Dodman Point, measures about 5 miles along the chord, and is engirt with cliffs, exhibiting a fine section of Silurian rocks, in association with traps and conglomerates. Veryan Beacon measures 372 feet in circuit and 370 in height, commands a good view, is traditionally regarded as the burial-place of Gerennins, a king of Cornwall in the 6th century, was opened in 1855, and was then found to contain a kistvaen. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; net value, £299 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Truro. The church was rebuilt in 1848, and is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style. There are Wesleyan and Bible Christian chapels.

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 parishVeryan St. Sympholiana 
Poor Law unionTruro 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at St Veryan 1676-1812, Cornwall is available to browse online.

The register dates from the year 1683.


Church of England

St. Symphorian (parish church)

The church of St. Symphorian is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style consisting of chancel, with aisles of two bays, nave of six bays, north aisle, south transept, south and west porches and a tower on the south side of the transept, with four pinnacles and containing a clock and 6 bells, the first two cast in 1748 and the tenor in 1772: some well-carved remains of a screen are preserved in the vestry: there are a large number of monuments of modern date: the church was restored in 1847-50, and has 400 sittings.

Church of Symphorian, VeryanNave of the church of St. Symphorian, Veryan

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 Veryan from the following:


Online maps of Veryan 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 districtTR2
Post TownTruro