Par Cornwall Family History Guide

Par is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cornwall, created in 1846 from St Blazey Ecclesiastical Parish, Tywardreath Ancient Parish, St Austell Ancient Parish, and Par Harbour and sands Extra-parochial.

Alternative names:

  • Par Harbour
  • St Blazey St Mary the Virgin

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1849
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

PAR, a seaport village and a chapelry in St. Blazey and Tywardreath parishes, Cornwall. The village stands on Tywardreath bay and on the Cornwall railway, 4¼ miles SSW of Lostwithiel; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post-office, designated Par Station, Cornwall. A mineral railway comes hither from the N, and is crossed, in the vicinity, by the Cornwall railway on a granite skew bridge. An active pilchard fishery is carried on; and great quantities of ore, china stone, and china clay are shipped for Swansea and Staffordshire. A harbour was constructed by Mr. Treffry, entirely at his own expense; and is formed mainly by a break-water, 450 feet in length. A group of copper mines, called Par Consols, are on an ascent adjacent to the shore. The views of the bay, and of distant cliffs, from the neighbourhood of the village, are very fine.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BISCOVAY, or Par, a chapelry in St. Blazey and Tywardreath parishes, Cornwall; on the coast and on the Cornwall railway, 1½ mile S of Par station, and 5 SSW of Lostwithiel. It has a post office, of the name of Discovery, under Par station. It was constituted in 1845. Rated property, £3,237. Pop., 2,327. Houses, 483. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £150. Patron, alternately the Crown and the Bishop. The church is good.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Cornwall
  • Civil Registration District: St Austell
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Powder
  • Poor Law Union: St Austell
  • Hundred: Powder
  • Province: Canterbury