The earliest settlers in Veryan, who left traces, were tribes from the Bronze Age. Carne Beacon, not far from Carne beach, is one of the largest burial mounds or ‘barrows’ in Britain. Later came the Iron Age Celts who in turn left their traces in the ‘ringarounds’, the barely discernable remains of their circular forts.
In recent, more peaceful, times the main occupations of the parishioners have been farming and fishing – and perhaps a little smuggling. Certainly, in the eighteenth century, the English authorities felt it necessary to base a Revenue team in the local fishing village of Portloe to try and deter illicit trading with the Channel Islands and France a few hours sailing directly to the South.
Many people visiting Veryan (in the flesh or electronically) are descended from local families and we are delighted to see them returning to their ‘roots’.
If you are one such and would like to find out more about your Cornish forebears, there are two organisations who will almost certainly be able to help.
The Cornwall Record Office at County Hall in Truro is the authorised ‘place of deposit’ for all original records relating to Cornwall’s past; it holds, among other documents, the parish records of baptisms, marriages and burials for Veryan, which survive from the 1680s, as well as census returns and the parish tithe map of the 1840s. You can search their website: www.cornwall.gov.uk, or e-mail an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cornwall Family History Society, also based in Truro, has compiled numerous transcripts and indexes to parish records and also holds transcripts and indexes of churchyard memorial inscriptions. Their website can be found at www.cornwallfhs.com. E-mails can be sent to email@example.com.