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Par, (Cornish: An Porth), is in the Hundred of Powder and the Deanery of St Austell. It is located on the south coast of Cornwall, five miles east of St.Austell and west of the parish of Tywardreath. Par is a product of the Industrial Age of the 19th century. The harbour was constructed in the 19th century to export copper, granite and china clay.

Today the port is far from idle and still exports kaolin (from china clay). The surrounding sandy beaches provide tourists with camping and caravan sites.

The parish was created 1849 from parts of St. Blazey and Tywardreath parishes.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 831 entries.


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:

Church History

Church Records

Civil Registration

The parish of Par has been in the Registration District of St Austell continuously from its creation in 1849. 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

Photographs of Par are available on-line.


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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Par parish became part of the St Austell Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief following its creation in 1849.


The parish was created 1849 from part of St. Blazey parish; before that date, population figures are included with St Blazey.

  • Population in 1851 - 1844 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 2327 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1530 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1520 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1634 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1777 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1934 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 2040 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 2312 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1932 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 920 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 880 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1340 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1370 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 3161 persons (Tywardreath and Par)
  • Population in 2011 - 3192 persons (Tywardreath and Par)


The parish comprises 1819 acres of land.

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