Ruan Minor Cornwall Family History Guide

Ruan Minor is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall.

Other places in the parish include: Cadgwith.

Alternative names: Minor Ruan

Parish church: St. Ruan

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1653
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

RUAN-MINOR, a parish, with a village, in Helston district, Cornwall; on the coast, 3½ miles NNE of the Lizard, and 13¼ S by W of Penryn r. station. It has a post-office under Helston. Acres, 658. Real property, £728. Pop., 260. Houses, 62. The property belonged to the Carminows; passed to the Robinsons and others; and belongs now to Hawkins, Esq. Building-stone and serpentine are worked. The living is a rectory, annexed to Grade, in the diocese of Exeter. The church is ancient but good. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Association Methodists, and an endowed school.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

RUAN MINOR (St. Ruan), a parish, in the union of Helston, W. division of the hundred of Kerrier and of the county of Cornwall, 10 miles (S. E. by S.) from Helston; containing 302 inhabitants. The parish is bounded on the east by the English Channel, and includes Cadgwith Cove, a great resort of fishermen. It comprises 618 acres, of which 180 are common or waste; the soil is chiefly a clay marl interspersed with rock, and the surface is elevated and hilly. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £4. 4. 4½., and united to the living of Grade: the tithes have been commuted for £100, and the glebe comprises 5 acres. The church is ancient. There are places of worship for Wesleyans.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


Vision of Britain historical maps


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