About Perranzabuloe Parish

The Past

The Parish of Perranzabuloe owes its name to St Piran, the patron saint of tin-miners, now more generally viewed as Cornwall’s national saint. The mainstays of the parish economy for at least 1,000 years would have been tin extraction, fishing and farming.

The pilgrimage trade too would have thrived here until the Reformation was so brutally enforced in Cornwall in 1549

St Piran’s relics may have been lost, but fishing, farming and especially tin-mining continued to thrive in the parish. The heyday for fishing and mining being a period from 1790 to 1870.

After that time, mining greatly declined, and many parishioners emigrated to other parts of the world taking their farming and mining skills with them.

The parish’s popularity as a holiday destination began to grow in the early 1800s and, with the coming of the railway in 1906, tourism became firmly established as part of the parish’s economy.

The twentieth century saw more change in the parish – mining ended (for now) and fishing all but disappeared. Farming continued and Perranporth’s popularity as a holiday destination grew exponentially with visitors regularly returning each year from all over the UK.

The Future

The beginning of the twenty-first century sees the parish and Cornwall facing some very serious challenges – the need for housing and the need to protect the environment; the need for well paid employment and the need for training to enable people to secure that employment; the need for health care for a growing elderly population and the need to provide recreation for young people.

This Community Plan seeks to address these challenges. It reflects the views you gave in the Community Plan survey and commits the Parish Council to work with the community and other organisations to tackle those issues which are most important to you.

The clear message which you gave through the survey was that you wanted a better balance struck between the needs of visitors to the parish and the needs of residents.

The parish has been welcoming visitors for over 1,000 years – first pilgrims to the Oratory of St Piran, then more recently holiday makers. Undoubtedly, tourism will remain an important part of the parish economy, but if Perranzabuloe is to survive and thrive, it needs to attract different visitors, for different reasons at different times of year. Coming full circle, perhaps sensitively exploiting the parish’s historic environment – the legacy of St Piran – might be part of the answer.