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Polruan, Cornwall

Historical Description

Polruan, a township in Lanteglos-by-Fowey parish, Cornwall, at the mouth of the Fowey estuary, a quarter of a mile from Fowey station on the G.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Fowey; telegraph office, Fowey. It was once a borough, sent members to Parliament in the time of Edward III., contains vestiges of Hall House, which was garrisoned in the Civil Wars of Charles I., and contains also a, stone cross and ruins of an ancient chapel, a coastguard station, and a large battery and drill shed for the Royal Naval Reserve. There are also shipbuilding yards, two sail manufactories, and a factory for tinning and preserving pilchards. There are Wesleyan and Methodist chapels and a reading-room with library. A mission church was built in 1894, as the parish church is 1½ mile distant.

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 
Civil parishLanteglos by Fowey 
Poor Law unionLiskeard 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Polruan from the following:


Online maps of Polruan 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 districtPL23
Post TownFowey