Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for GRAMPOUND

GRAMPOUND, a decayed ancient town, a township, and a sub-district in Cornwall. The town stands on the river Fal, 1½ mile SSE of Grampound Road r. station, and 2½ NNE of Tregony; is supposed to have been the Voliba of Ptolemy; took the name of Grampound, originally Grandpont, signifying "great bridge, " from a bridge built at it over the Fal; acquired the right of a market from John of Eltham, Earl of Cornwall, brother of Edward III.; was made a borough, after the Earl's death, by Edward III.; sent two members to parliament from the time of Edward VI. till 1824, when it was disfranchised for corrupt practices; had, for one of its parliamentary representatives, in 1620, John Hampden; consists now chiefly of one street on a declivity, with decayed and mean appearance; and has a granite cross, a town-hall, and a head post office, ‡ designated Grampound, Cornwall, an Independent chapel, a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and fairs on 18 Jan., the Tuesday after 25 March, 1 June, and the Tuesday after 29 Sept. Six ancient camps are in its neighbourhood, on the Fal; one of them, 1 mile S, on Golden farm; another, ½ mile NE, on the road to St. Austell; another, 1 mile W, on the road to Truro; another, 1 mile N, close to the Fal; another, a little further N, called Resugga Castle; and another, 1 mile W of Resugga, on Barrow Down. -The township includes the town, and is partly in Probus parish, but chiefly in Creed. Real property, £939. Pop., 573. Houses, 115. Pop. of the Creed portion, 477. Houses, 96. -The sub-district contains also the parishes of St. Stephen-in-Brannel, St. Mewan, and the rest of Creed. Acres, 14, 443. Pop., 5, 111. Houses, 972.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a decayed ancient town, a township, and a sub-district"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Grampound CP/Tn       Cornwall AncC
Place: Grampound

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