Grampound  Cornwall


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Grampound like this:

GRAMPOUND, a decayed ancient town, a township, and a sub-district in Cornwall. The town stands on the river Fal, 1½ mile SSE of Grampound Road r. station, and 2½ NNE of Tregony; is supposed to have been the Voliba of Ptolemy; took the name of Grampound, originally Grandpont, signifying "great bridge, " from a bridge built at it over the Fal; acquired the right of a market from John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall, brother of Edward III.; was made a borough, after the Earl's death, by Edward III.; sent two members to parliament from the time of Edward VI. ...

till 1824, when it was disfranchised for corrupt practices; had, for one of its parliamentary representatives, in 1620, John Hampden; consists now chiefly of one street on a declivity, with decayed and mean appearance; and has a granite cross, a town-hall, and a head post office, ‡ designated Grampound, Cornwall, an Independent chapel, a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and fairs on 18 Jan., the Tuesday after 25 March, 1 June, and the Tuesday after 29 Sept. Six ancient camps are in its neighbourhood, on the Fal; one of them, 1 mile S, on Golden farm; another, ½ mile NE, on the road to St. Austell; another, 1 mile W, on the road to Truro; another, 1 mile N, close to the Fal; another, a little further N, called Resugga Castle; and another, 1 mile W of Resugga, on Barrow Down. -The township includes the town, and is partly in Probus parish, but chiefly in Creed. Real property, £939. Pop., 573. Houses, 115. Pop. of the Creed portion, 477. Houses, 96. -The sub-district contains also the parishes of St. Stephen-in-Brannel, St. Mewan, and the rest of Creed. Acres, 14, 443. Pop., 5, 111. Houses, 972.

Grampound through time

Grampound is now part of Carrick district. Click here for graphs and data of how Carrick has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Grampound itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Grampound, in Carrick and Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 16th October 2019

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