Gorran Haven

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Gorran Haven
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Gorran Haven
Gorran Haven is located in Cornwall
Gorran Haven
Gorran Haven
Gorran Haven shown within Cornwall
Population 1,271 (Parish, 2001)
OS grid reference SX009414
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ST. AUSTELL
Postcode district PL26
Dialling code 01726
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°14′23″N 4°47′36″W / 50.2397°N 4.7932°W / 50.2397; -4.7932Coordinates: 50°14′23″N 4°47′36″W / 50.2397°N 4.7932°W / 50.2397; -4.7932

Gorran Haven (Cornish: Porthust)[1] is a fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall, England, UK. It is about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Mevagissey.[2] According to the Post Office at the 2011 census the population was included in the civil parish of St Goran]

The village lies in a cove between two sandy beaches.[2] Vault Beach (also known as Bow beach) is south of Gorran Haven and Great Perhaver Beach is to the north.

Gorran Haven 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.

Gorran Haven was an ancient fishing harbour; its first pier was built in the 15th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries it became a port handling merchandise brought from Fowey by barges and lighters. The pier was rebuilt in the 1820s and reconstructed in 1888.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

The geologist Charles William Peach worked in the area and there is a plaque to his memory in the village. His son Ben Peach was born in Gorran Haven.[4]

The former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove was born and initially raised in Gorran Haven.

The writer Colin Wilson settled in Gorran Haven during the 1950s.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel Archived 2013-05-15 at the Wayback Machine.. Cornish Language Partnership.
  2. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth (Roseland Peninsula) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2009. ISBN 978-0-319-23290-3. 
  3. ^ Todd, A. C. & Laws, Peter (1972) The Industrial Archaeology of Cornwall. Newton Abbot: David & Charles; p. 226
  4. ^ David Oldroyd, ‘Peach, Benjamin Neeve (1842–1926)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 16 Dec 2009

External links[edit]

Media related to Gorran Haven at Wikimedia Commons