Gerrans Parish Heritage & Information Centre
The Old Forge, Tregassick Road, Gerrans, Cornwall.



   

The old forge, built in the 1790s, was in the continued occupation of one family - the Pearces. They operated here until 1966, after which time it was converted for use as an artist's studio.

The Heritage and Information Centre opened in 2004. In addition to the permanent exhibition, specific exhibits are set-up on an annual basis.   

   The history of the parish is illustrated with displays depicting Farming through the Ages, the Fishing Industry, Education, Domesday Book entries, the Manors, World Wars, Coastguards, Churches, Chapels and much more. Illustrated by photographs, tithe maps, documents, parish records and other artefacts.

For those with an interest in family history there is a database containing the baptisms/christenings, marriages and deaths/burials of more than 11,500 parishioners. Indexes are also available for St Gerrans and St Anthony parishes covering, marriages, burials and a churchyard plan. The 1841 - 1901 census has also been indexed. 





The 2018 exhibition:
Revisiting - 'Our Boys Went To War'


In 2014 the annual exhibition staged at the Heritage Centre commemorated the men of this parish who served in the armed forces in World War 1. We are very fortunate to be one of a handful of parishes in the country with a memorial in the church recording not only those who lost their lives but also every man who served.

To commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day in November 1918, this year’s exhibition is entitled Revisiting – 'Our Boys Went To War’. In addition to covering much of the 2014 exhibition, information has been added wherever possible on the careers of many of those who returned to the parish. Additionally, there are interesting extracts from the minute book of the Gerrans branch of the Royal British Legion.

The exhibition also provides details of the service of many of these men on the Front in Belgium and France, and at sea. Photographs, anecdotes and memorabilia promise to make this an exhibition not to be missed.

The Heritage Centre is on Tregassick Road, 50 metres south of St Gerrans Church. There is ample free car parking within 200 metres.  


OPEN
26 March to 28 October - Monday to Saturday 2 pm to 4 pm
23 July to 24 August - Monday to Friday 11 am to 1 pm

 

 * Details of Local Services and Accommodation are available*

* The computer may be used for scanning, copying and email*