Orientation & Geography

Europe, United Kingdom, Cornwall

Perranporth (Cornish: Porthpyran) is a small seaside resort on the north coast of Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is six miles (10 km) southwest of Newquay and seven miles (11.3 km) northwest of Truro. Perranporth has a population of 3,066. and is the largest settlement in the civil parish of Perranzabuloe. The parish church is in Perranzabuloe village but there is an Anglican chapel-of-ease in Perranporth dedicated to St Michael which opened in 1872. The village's name is Cornish for Saint Piran's cove (Saint Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall). It is believed that Saint Piran founded a church at Perranzabuloe near Perranporth in the seventh century. Buried under sand for many centuries, it was unearthed early in the twentieth century, but again left to the mercy of the sands in the 1970s. Plans are now afoot to make it accessible once more. Notable people from Perranporth include motor engineer and designer Donald Healey and the author Winston Graham (who lived in Perranporth for many years and whose Poldark novels are based on the area).