Gerrans

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Coordinates: 50°10′41″N 4°58′52″W / 50.178°N 4.981°W / 50.178; -4.981

Gerrans
Cornish: Gerens
Gerrans is located in Cornwall
Gerrans
Gerrans
 Gerrans shown within Cornwall
Population 933 (Civil Parish, 2001)
OS grid reference SW873352
Civil parish Gerrans
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TRURO
Postcode district TR2
Dialling code 01872
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Truro and Falmouth
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Gerrans (Cornish: Gerens) is a coastal civil parish and village on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village adjoins Portscatho (the villages have almost merged into one but retain their identities) on the east side of the peninsula. The village is situated approximately seven miles (11 km) south-southeast of Truro.[1]

The name Gerrans derives from Gerent, an 8th-century Cornish saint.[2] The parish runs north-south along the eastern side of the Roseland peninsula. It is bounded to the south and east by the sea, to the west by St Just in Roseland parish, and to the north by Philleigh parish.[3] The population was 933 in the 2001 census.[2] Trewithian is the only settlement of any size in the parish apart from Gerrans and Portscatho.

Gerrans lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

Landmarks[edit]

Gerrans parish church (dedicated to St Gerent or Gerendus) was built in the 13th century and enlarged in the 15th century when the south and aisle and the tower topped with a spire were added. However, in 1849 everything except the tower was rebuilt (by William White of Truro) though this was done as closely as possible to the original church. The two-stage tower is buttressed, battlemented, and topped by a spire.[2]

The manor of Tregear belonged to the Bishops of Exeter in mediaeval times and Gerent may have had a castle (Dingerein or Dinurrin) here.[4][5] The manor of Tregear (or Tregaire) was one of the Cornish manors of the Bishops of Exeter; it covered much of the Roseland peninsula.[6]


A small museum, the Gerrans Parish Heritage Centre, is located in the village.

References[edit]

The coast of Gerrans civil parish
  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ a b c [1] GENUKI website: Gerrans. retrieved May 2010
  3. ^ [2] Cornwall Council online mapping. Retrieved May 2010
  4. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford
  5. ^ The Ecclesiologist; Oct. 1849, p. 246
  6. ^ Orme, Nicholas (2007) Cornwall and the Cross: Christianity, 500–1560. Chichester: Phillimore in association with the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London ISBN 1-86077-468-7; pp. 11, 29

Further reading[edit]

  • Doble, G. H. (1964). The Saints of Cornwall, part 3; Saint Gerent, patron of Gerrans. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 74–88

External links[edit]

Media related to Gerrans at Wikimedia Commons