The name 'Lanner' originates from Lannergh, meaning 'a clearing' in the Cornish language; it has also been well-known as 'Lannarth'. The parish sprawls up the long slopes of a wide valley and is shielded by hills. It is a former tin and copper mining parish south-east of Redruth on the main road to Penryn which had grown rapidly in the 19th century; at the beginning of that century it only had 6 cottages. In the 13th century the Bishop of Exeter enclosed some woodland here to create a deer park. There is a disused quarry at Carn Marth.

Today most residents work in nearby towns, and local disused industrial sites have been tranformed into local assets such as walkways and playing fields.

Lanner was created as an ecclesiastical parish from part of the civil parish of Gwennap in 1844. Tresavean is a village in Lanner parish.

Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)



  • Monumental inscriptions of Lanner have not yet been recorded.
  • War Memorial inscriptions for Lanner parish (1914-1918 and 1939-1945 Wars) are separately available.


Census information for this parish (1851 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members.
Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:


Church History

  • Anglican. The ecclesiastical district of Lanarth (Lanner) was gazetted in 1844. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SW7139; it is dedicated as: Christ Church. The church was erected in 1845, and is uglier, though less obtrusive, than that of St Day. It is a small stuccoed building consisting of a chancel, nave, south aisle, vestry, north porch and a turret containing one bell. It was consecrated on St Swithin's Day 1845, and was restored in 1883. The registers date from 1839.
  • Non-Conformist. [Pictures are provided courtesy of the OPC].

Church Records

  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1845 - 1975, Burials 1846 - 1952, Marriages 1845 - 1966.
  • Baptisms.
    • Baptisms in this parish 1869 to 1904 are available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
  • Marriages. Marriages in this parish 1845 to 1911 are available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).

Civil Registration

The parish of Lanner is in the Registration District of Camborne and has been continuously from its creation. Parishes in this registration district are: Camborne, East Phillack, Gwennap, Gwinear, Gwithian, Illogan, Phillack, Redruth, St. Sithian's, West Phillack.

The address of the Superintendant Registrar is: Roskear, Camborne, TR14 8DN. Tel: 01209 612924.


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Lanner which are provided by:





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.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Lanner has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SW715401 (Lat/Lon: 50.216568, -5.204774), Lanner which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Lanner parish became part of the Redruth Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief on its creation.



Lanner was created from part of Gwennap parish in 1845. Population figures before this date are with that parish. Latterly, Lanner has been enumerated with St Day.

  • Population in 1851 - 2710 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 2615 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 2348 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1813 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 2055 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1801 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1895 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1756 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 3785 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 3758 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 3517 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 4364 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 2090 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 2145 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 2493 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 2690 persons


The parish comprises 1460 acres of land.