old forge

GERRANS PARISH HERITAGE CENTRE

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The Gerrans Parish Heritage Centre is located on the site of the old forge, built in the 1790s. It was in the continual occupation of one family - the Pearces who operated here until 1966, after which time it was converted for use as an artist's studio.

As a result of a successful exhibition held in Gerrans School to celebrate the Millennium, it was felt that a home should be found for the exhibits and pictures so that the history of the parish could be displayed to the community and visitors. The Heritage & Information Centre opened in 2004 containing both a permanent exhibition showing the history of the parish from pre-history to the modern day. Our oldest artefact is a greenstone axe head dating from Neolithic times 4000-3000BC, found in a Portscatho garden and a pair of ox shoes found on Tregaire Farm is one of the objects listed in The History of Cornwall in 100 Objects project. Other exhibitions changed annually have included Farming, Trades & Crafts, Music in the Parish, Sport and Worship in the Parish.

For address details, opening hours and directions please use the contact page.

Horace Augustus Curtis VC

2019 Exhibition:
'Gerrans Parish - The Coastal Edge'

The annual exhibition at the Heritage Centre for 2019 will feature Gerrans Parish - The Coastal Edge. The many coves, beaches and rocky inlets are illustrated, together with their names, in some cases forgotten, and their history examined.

The exhibition will bring to light their uses by many fishermen of the parish in the past. Their living depended on the knowledge of the best places to shoot the seine nets or lay a string of crab pots. It is interesting that many of these fishing marks were closely held secrets for many years and were almost forgotten.

The exhibition also shows how the sea has affected the coastline of Gerrans Bay from St Anthony to Rocky Lane, Pendower and the dwellings nearby over the past 150 years.