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Restormel District Council
Location: Mid-west Cornwall, in the clay lands about four miles north-west of St Austell
Main period of industrial settlement growth: From late 18th century; 1840-80; early C20
Study Area:
NGR: SW 96100 55923 (centre)
Main industry:
Clay/china stone

Industrial history and significance

Nanpean is at the heart of the one of the largest, and longest-surviving, clay working areas in Hensbarrow; it was one of the most important centres in the clay country for administration, management, processing, research, transport and supply, and the village reflects that complexity of economic function. It became a secondary churchtown, supplying the social, religious, educational and commercial needs of an area remote from older parochial centres. In contrast with the accepted view of an explosive reaction of settlement to industry in Cornwall, Nanpean was slow to grow in response to the growing industry around it the established mixed use/part time farming and tin working of the area enabled the existing settlement pattern to absorb the pressures of the new industry until well into the 19th century.


The downloads offered below represent the different elements of the CISI Nanpean Report including the core text and the four illustrative map figures
 Title Description Format Size
CISI Nanpean report Report text. Format type: PDF


Figure 1 Location map Format type: PDF 210kb
Figure 2 Historical development map Format type: PDF 358kb
Figure 3 Surviving historical components map Format type: PDF 283kb
Figure 4 Gazetteer sites, existing designations and recommendations map Format type: PDF 355kb

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Last Updated: 16/12/2004. © Cornwall County Council, Historic Environment Service.