Roche  Cornwall


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

ROCHE, a village and a parish in St. Austell district, Cornwall. The village stands 2 miles N N W of Hens-barrow Beacon, and 5 N N W of St. Austell r. station; was known, at Domesday, as Treroache; and has a post-office under St. Austell; and fairs on 24 May, 18 July, and 10 Oct. The parish comprises 6, 440 acres. ...

Real property, £5, 143; of which £1, 189 are in quarries, and £60 in mines. Pop., 1,882. Houses, 379. The property is divided among a few. The manor was ancientlyheld by the De Rapes. Roche Rocks, ½ a mile S of the village, rise to an altitude of 680 feet above sea-level; consist of quartz and friable schorl; terminate in greatmasses, piled confusedly together; and enclose, on thesummit, remains of an ancient hermitage chapel, in decorated English architecture. St. Roche's well is in thevicinity of the Rocks; and is superstitiously visited, by some of the peasantry, as "a wishing well." Hensbarrow Beacon is on the S boundary, and rises to an altitude of 1,034 feet. Stream tin and porcelain clay are worked; and the latter is sent, by way of Liverpool, to Staffordshire. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £413.* Patrons, the Trustees of the late J. Thornton, Esq., and J. Rashleigh, Esq. The church was re-built in 1822. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Bible Christians, and a national school.

Roche through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 16th August 2022

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