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The parish of Gorran (or St Gorran/Goran, as it is often called), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north by St Ewe and Mevagissey, on the east by Mevagissey Bay, on the south by Veryan Bay and St Michael Caerhays, and on the west by St Ewe. Gorran parish occupies a peninsula on the south coast of Cornwall with the 370 feet high Dodman Point at its extreme tip. A massive cross was erected on top of the point by the rector of St Michael Caerhayes to act as a daymark for shipping. St Goron is believed to have been at Bodmin at the same time as St Petrock but left him to form a new settlement in this area.

There are several farms and hamlets in the parish, the little village of Gorran with its 15th century church being about a mile inland from the small fishing port of Gorran Haven, which is now the main centre of population.

Gorran Haven was originally called Point East.

Besides the Churchtown and Gorran Haven, the villages are Portmellin, Boswinger, Rocassa, Trevarrick and Tregavarras.


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Census information for this parish (1841 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members. The Cornwall Family History Society have also published on-line census detail by surname on the FamilyHistoryonLine site.

Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

The parish of Gorran has been in the Registration District of St Austell continuously from 1st July 1837. There were sub-districts at Fowey, Grampound, Mevagissey and St Austell, but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Creed, Fowey, Gorran, Grampound, Mevagissey, Roche, St. Austell, St. Blazey, St. Dennis, St. Ewe, St. Mewan, St. Michael Carhays, St. Sampson, St. Stephen in Brannel, Tywardreath. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: 12 Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4LD. Tel: 01726 68974. Fax: 01726 68974.

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Description & Travel

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OPC Assistance.

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Historical Geography

The Domesday Settlements of Cornwall, a study undertaken by the Cornwall Branch of the Historical Association, has identified and located settlements listed in the Exeter and Exchequer Domesday Survey of AD 1086. The following places have been identified in St Goran ecclesiastical parish:

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A history and Genealogy of Gorran parish is available on-line.

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Land & Property

Landowners & Occupiers of the Parish of St. Goran in 1841 is available on-line.

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Names, Personal

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Details of some of those involved with Gorran Haven fishing 1800 - 1990 are available on-line, courtesy of the OPC.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Gorran parish was part of the St Austell Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.

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  • Population in 1801 - 1009 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1116 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1203 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1205 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1232 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1188 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1055 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1005 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 916 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 928 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 785 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 729 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 693 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 685 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 785 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 750 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 945 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1085 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1315 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1271 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1260 persons

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Religion & Religious Life

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Class photographs of the pupils of Gorran School have been placed on-line by the OPC.

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The parish comprises 4808 acres of land.

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