Perranporth, extensive guide to Perranporth, a village in Cornwall, south-west England.
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A small village near to Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall, Perranporth has a population of around 3,000 and is a popular holiday destination with a large sandy beach, it also attracts surfers.
Perranporth has a decent choice of accommodation with hotels, B&B's, a holiday camp, and a variety of holiday cottages for rent.
Perranporth Cornwall Overview: Perranporth is situated in the parish of Perranzabuloe (Cornish: Pyran yn Treth) about six miles south-west of Newquay. It has a population of 3,066 (2001 census), and a history going back to the 7th century when St Piran is believed to have founded a church there.
Perranporth is renowned for it's huge sandy beach which attracts both holidaymakers and surfers. It's name (Cornish Porthpyran) translates roughly as "Saint Pirian's Cove".
Census records give the population for the entire parish of Perranzuloe as follows:
- 1801 - 1389
- 1821 - 1702
- 1841 - 3161
- 1861 - 2959
- 1881 - 2630
- 1901 - 2695
- 1921 - 2380
- 1951 - 3623
- 1961 - 3623
- 1971 - 4507
- 1981 - 4630
- 1991 - 5290
- 2001 - 5382
Perranporth itself was recorded as having a population of 3,066 in 2001.
The area around Perranporth was no doubt settled back in the Iron Age, and Iron Age Fort at St Piran's Round gives evidence of this. Originally an Iron Age farmstead, the Round was later used for religious ceremonies and also as a theatre (often claimed to be the oldest in Britain).
St Piran is believed to have founded a church in Perranporth back in the 7th century, it now has the name "the Lost Church" as it was later buried by the moving sands of the area. Rediscovered in the early 20th century, it again disappeared during the 1970's. The church became an important place of pilgrimage until is disappeared during the 15th century. St Piran (or Perran) is regarded as the patron saint of Cornwall, and is the best known of the saints who arrived in Cornwall from Ireland.
Perranporth gets its name from the famous saint and means roughly Saint Piran's Cove in Cornish. It's history has been much influenced by the sand and even today it is the sand, or beach, which attracts holidaymakers, visitors and surfers to the area.
One of the most notable features of Perranporth is it's beach, over 2 miles long at low-tide, it extends north to Penhale Sands. Almost completely covered at high-tide Perranporth beach can be dangerous and care must be taken when walking along the beach that you do not get cut off by the incoming tide.
During the summer months (May to September) the beach has lifeguard cover for the busy times. For surfers Perranporth beach offers a variety of waves giving good conditions for both beginners and experienced surfers, it is recognised as a good place to learn surfing.
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Perranporth Famous People / Notable Residents:
Donald Healey (1898-1988) Rally driver, engineer, pilot and speed record holder - Born in Perranporth.
Winston Graham (1908-2003) Author of Poldark novels - Lived in Perranporth, Cornwall.
St Agnes Tourist Information Centre - Address: 18 Vicarage Road, St. Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0TL. Telephone Number: 01872 554150.
Perranzabuloe Museum - Address: Ponsmere Road, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR6 0BW. Telephone Number: 01872 573 321.
The Cliffside Hotel - Address: Cliff Road, Perranporth, TR6 0DR, Cornwall.
The Perranporth Hotel - Address: 36 St Pirans Road, Perranporth, TR6 0BJ, Cornwall.
Hotel Nampara Lodge - 4 Saint Michael's Road, Perranporth, Cornwall - England TR6 0HG.
Perran Sands - Address: Perran Sands Holiday Park, Perranporth, TR6 0AQ, Cornwall.
The Penarth Guest House - Address: 26 St Pirans Road, Perranporth, TR6 0BH, Cornwall. Telephone: Diana Freckelton 01872 573 186.
Tremore (Bed and Breakfast B&B) - Liskey Hill Crescent, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR6 0HP. Telephone Number: 01872 573537.
Chy an Kerensa (Bed and Breakfast) - Cliff Road, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR6 0DR. Telephone Number: 01872 572 470.
The Perranporth Camping and Touring Park - Address: Budnic Estate, Budnic Hill, Perranporth, TR6 0DB, Cornwall. Telephone: 01872 572 174.
Perranporth Youth Hostel YHA
Droskyn Point, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR6 0GS. Telephone Number: 01872 573 812.
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- Perranporth Beauty Salon
Relaxation & Beauty Centre - Address: Ponsmere Hotel, Ponsmere Road, Perranporth, Cornwall, TR6 0BW. Telephone Number: 01872 571 114.
Camel Estate Agents - Address: 9 St Pirans Road, Perranporth, TR6 0BH, Cornwall. Telephone: 01872 573 574.
- Perranporth Taxi / Taxis:
Atlantic Taxis - Address: 2/Mitchells Corner/Boscawen Rd, Perranporth TR60EW. Telephone: 07969 897065 (taxi, taxis in Parranporth).
Perranporth is situated on the B3285 and B3284 and can be accessed from the A3075 and the A30, it is about 6 miles from Newquay, 9 miles from Truro and about 10 miles from Redruth.
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