Lanner, Cornwall

Coordinates: 50°12′58″N 5°12′04″W / 50.216°N 5.201°W / 50.216; -5.201
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Lanner village with Carn Marth beyond
Lanner is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
Population2,701 (United Kingdom Census 2011 including Carnkie )
OS grid referenceSW716400
Civil parish
  • Lanner
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townREDRUTH
Postcode districtTR16
Dialling code01209
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°12′58″N 5°12′04″W / 50.216°N 5.201°W / 50.216; -5.201
A historic photo of Brays Terrace and Woodland Terrace

Lanner (Cornish: Lannergh) is a village and civil parish in west Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated on the A393 about 2 miles (3.2 km) south-east of Redruth.[1]

Lanner is in the St Day, Carharrack and Lanner ward which had a collective population of 5,438 in 2001.[2] The population of Lanner civil parish was 2,493 in the 2001 census, increasing to 2,690 at the 2011 census.[3] The village has a primary school, Lanner School.[4]


The name "Lanner" comes from the Cornish "Lannergh", which means "a clearing".[3] The village is a former tin and copper mining parish which grew rapidly in the 19th century, but has been recorded as far back as 1542, and with settlement traces back to the Bronze Age.[5]

Michael Loam erected his first man engine at Tresavean mine, Lanner, in 1842. The mine was, in its heyday, one of the most productive copper mines in Cornwall.[6][7]

Church history[edit]

The parish church, Christ Church, is in the Diocese of Truro and was consecrated on St Swithin's day, 1845. It is a small stuccoed building and was restored in 1883. The registers date from 1839.[3]

The foundation stone of the Anglican chapel (which became the parish church in 1844) in Lanner was laid on 20 April 1839. The Times reported that "On Wednesday, the 20th ult., the first stone of a new chapel at Lanner, in Gwennap, was laid by the Venerable Archdeacon Sheepshanks".[8] Until constituted a parish in 1844 Lanner (or Lannarth) was part of the parish of Gwennap.

Lanner has a large Wesleyan Methodist chapel. The former Bible Christian chapel is now used as the Village Hall and the former Primitive Methodist chapel is now used as the silver band's rehearsal room.[3]


Lanner lies in a valley with Carn Marth hill rising 235 metres (771 ft) north of the village. Lanner Hill is west of the village and Tresavean Hill is to the south. The village is centred on a square and straddles the A393 Redruth to Falmouth road. The village slopes down the valley; the west end is known as Lanner Hill and the east end as Lanner Moor.[1]


The village is well known for the "Lanner and District Silver Band" which is among the more prominent of the brass bands in Cornwall.[citation needed] The American countertenor Richard Jose was born in Lanner in 1862 and emigrated to the United States in 1876.[9][10] Electronic musician Richard D. James (known as Aphex Twin) grew up in Lanner.


Lanner RFU are a rugby union club, founded in 2014. They won promotion in their first season in league rugby and in 2016 came first in Cornwall 1 to win promotion to Tribute Cornwall/Devon. They then moved to Mt Ambrose and folded shortly after.

Unfortunately, the majority of the Villages Sports teams have now disbanded or moved elsewhere. The local village football team, Lanner AFC, which was reformed in 1981 is currently playing in the Trelawny League in West Cornwall and playing their home games on the former Tresavean mine site.


  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  2. ^ "Cornwall County Council - Ward: St Day, Lanner and Carharrack". Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d GENUKI website; Lanner; retrieved 10 February 2015
  4. ^ Ofsted inspection[permanent dead link], April 2008
  5. ^ Lanner village website Archived 2008-06-25 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved April 2010
  6. ^ [1] Tresavean Mine: data sheet
  7. ^ "The Mines of Gwennap - Tresavean and Tretharrup". Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2008. Tresavean Mine: History
  8. ^ The Times, Saturday, 11 May 1839; pg. 3; Issue 17039; col D
  9. ^ "Richard Jose". Retrieved 9 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Richard J. Jose". Retrieved 21 March 2009.

Further reading[edit]

  • Schwartz, Sharron and Parker, Roger Lanner - A Cornish Mining Parish, Tiverton, Devon, Halsgrove. 1998, ISBN 1-84114-019-8.

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