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 will be 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. 


This year the annual exhibition is enitled 'Victuallers and Shopkeepers' (Builder, Baker, Candlestick maker). It will trace the history and development of the people and places who supplied the goods that the population required. Who were the grocers, the milkmen, the postmen, the greengrocers, the cobblers, the black smiths, the butchers and the bakers? Where were the pubs, the teashops, the chandler, the garages? Where did our ancestors get their clothes, their shoes, their coal?


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

OPEN
(Monday to Saturday)
March 24th to April 1st &April 25th to October 28th
2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

(Monday to Friday)
July 25th to 26th August
11.00 am to 1.00 pm

 * Details of Local Services and Accommodation are available*

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