St Goran

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Coordinates: 50°14′38″N 4°48′43″W / 50.244°N 4.812°W / 50.244; -4.812

Chapel of St Just, Gorran Haven

St Goran is a coastal civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The church town, Gorran Churchtown, is situated approximately six miles (10 km) south-southwest of St Austell. However, the largest settlement in the parish is the coastal village of Gorran Haven, a mile to the east.[1]

The parish is bounded by the sea to the east and south. It is bordered by St Michael Caerhays parish to the west and by St Ewe and Mevagissey parishes to the north.[2]

The patron saint Guron or Goronus is said to have come here from Bodmin.[3] The parish church is a fine building of the 15th century though the foundation is Norman. Features of interest include the bench ends and the late medieval font. At Gorran Haven is a 15th-century chapel of St Just, restored in the 1860s. At Bodrugan there are some remains of the medieval manor house of the Bodrugans which also had a chapel.[4]

Thomas Tonkin, MP and historian, is buried at the parish church.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ [1] Cornwall Council online mapping. Retrieved June 2010
  3. ^ Doble, G. H. (1970) The Saints of Cornwall: part 5. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 33-34
  4. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 102-103

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