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The parish of Perranarworthal, (Cornish: Pyran ar Woethel), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier; it is bounded on the north by Kea, on the east by Restronguet Creek and Mylor, on the south by St Gluvias and Stithians, and on the west by Gwennap. The name is composed of the saint's name, Piran, plus the name of the manor, Arworthal. This parish contains the ancient village of Perranwell, described in Murrays Hand-Book of 1865 as a village romantically situated in a deep bottom or dell at the head of Restronguet Creek, which is here joined by the Kennal, a small stream rising near Carmenillis.
The other village of note in the parish was Perranwharf. Until the creek silted up, there was waterborne trade in copper ore and pig-iron, the Perran Wharf Foundry being managed by the Fox family of Falmouth. These Iron Works were the first of any considerable capability in Cornwall.

The old Norway Inn on the A39 from Truro recalls the days when Scandinavian timber was imported.


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


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

The parish of Stithians has been linked with the village of Perran-ar-worthal since the 12th century and, although they are only one ecclesiastical parish, they operate as two, both serving populations in excess of two thousand souls. The churches in Perranarworthal are:

Church Records

Civil Registration

The parish of Perranarworthal was originally in the Falmouth Registration District; there were sub-districts at Constantine, Falmouth, Mylor and Penryn, but these have now been abolished. It is now in the Truro Registration District. Parishes in the Falmouth registration district were: Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal, St. Gluvias

The address of the Superintendant Registrar in Truro is: Dalvenie House, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.
Tel: 01872 322241.


OPC Assistance. The On-line Parish Clerk (OPC) scheme operates a service to help family historians; the OPC page for this parish is available on-line, from where the OPC can be contacted by email.

Land & Property



Apprenticeship Indentures for Perranarworthal (1742 - 1794) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 884 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1104 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1326 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1504 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1755 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1634 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1517 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1493 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1102 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 992 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 914 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 896 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 887 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 888 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1040 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 998 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1255 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1380 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1515 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1558 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1496 persons


The parish comprises 1862 acres of land.

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