In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Gerrans like this:
GERRANS, a village and a parish in Truro district, Cornwall. The village stands on the W side of a bay of its own name, and near the head of St. Mawe's harbour., 7 miles SW by S of Tregony, and 7½ SSE of Truro r. station; is alleged to have been founded by Gerennius, a king of Cornwall, in the latter part of the 6th century; and has a post office under Grampound. The parish contains also the hamlet of Porthskatho. Acres, 2, 870; of which 215 are water. Real property, £3, 752. Pop., 935. ...
Houses, 215. The manor belonged formerly to the bishops of Exeter. An ancient earthwork, called Dungerein, situated N of the church, and communicating with the shore by a subterranean passage, is regarded as a vestige of a fort or palace of a King Gerennius. The rocks include slate. Gerrans bay has a semicircular outline, and measures about 2½ miles across the chord. A fine specimen of a raised beach, consisting of pebbles cemented into conglomerate by oxide of iron, is on its E shore. The living of Gerrans is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Valne, £258.* Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church stands on an eminence, with a fine view, and contains a monument to the Hobbe family. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, and charities £9.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Gerrans has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Carrick. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Gerrans and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gerrans, in Carrick and Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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