Cornwall: Local History Resources

Cornwall is famous for its beautiful beaches, remote country lanes, and pretty little cottages. But the ancient communities that once lived there can be occasionally glimpsed in the county’s monuments. Meanwhile, dozens of local history societies keep Cornwall’s more recent history alive.

Facebook Groups For Cornish History

If you are interested in researching Cornwall’s past or are just interested to see old photographs of the county’s past, the following Facebook groups are a great resource:

  • Cornish Folklore
  • Cornish Roots and Branches
  • Federation of ‘Old Cornwall’ Societies
  • Falmouth’s History
  • St Austell In the Old Days
  • Traditions of Cornwall

Local History Resources In Cornwall

We have a separate page that lists the national resources available to family history and local history researchers. Some of those sources will also hold information about Cornwall’s places and people.

The following groups and resources are specific to family history and local history research of Cornwall:

  • Barbara Hepworth Museum – St Ives
  • Bodmin Old Cornwall Society
  • Bude Stratton & District Old Cornwall Society
  • Callington Old Cornwall Society
  • Camborne Old Cornwall Society
  • Camelford & District Old Cornwall Society
  • Carnon Downs Old Cornwall Society
  • Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre
  • Cornish Culture
  • Cornish Memory.com
  • Cornish Migration Group
  • Cornish Story
  • Cornish Studies Library
  • Cornwall Archaeological Society
  • Cornwall Association of Local Historians
  • Cornwall Family History Society
  • Cornwall Forever
  • Cornwall Heritage Trust
  • Cornwall Record Office
  • Cornwall Regimental Museum – Bodmin
  • Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum
  • Devon & Cornwall Record Society
  • English Heritage – Ballowall Barrow
  • English Heritage – Carn Euny Ancient Village
  • English Heritage – Chysauster Farm
  • English Heritage – Chysauster Ancient Village
  • English Heritage – Dupath Well
  • English Heritage – Hurlers Stone Circles
  • English Heritage – King Doniert’s Stone
  • English Heritage – Launceston Castle
  • English Heritage – Pendennis Castle
  • English Heritage – Penhallam Manor
  • English Heritage – St Catherine’s Castle
  • English Heritage – St Breock Downs Monolith
  • English Heritage – St Mawes Castle
  • English Heritage – Tintagel Castle
  • English Heritage – Tregiffian Burial Chamber
  • Federation of Old Cornwall Societies
  • Fowey Harbour Heritage Society
  • Goonhavern & District Old Cornwall Society
  • Hayle Old Cornwall Society
  • Helston Folk Museum
  • Helston Old Cornwall Society
  • Kea Old Cornwall Society
  • Kernow Branch, Historical Society
  • Launceston Old Cornwall Society
  • Liskeard Old Cornwall Society
  • Looe Old Cornwall Society
  • Lost Gardens Heligan
  • Lostwithiel Old Cornwall Society
  • Madron Old Cornwall Society
  • Mawnan Old Cornwall Society
  • Mikescornwall.blogspot.com
  • Mousehole Old Cornwall Society
  • Mullion Old Cornwall Society
  • Museum of Witchcraft – Boscastle
  • National Maritime Museum – Falmouth
  • National Trust – Antony
  • National Trust – Boscastle
  • National Trust – Cotehele
  • National Trust – Godolphin
  • National Trust – Lanhydrock 
  • National Trust – Levant Mine and Beam Engine
  • National Trust – Lizard Point
  • National Trust – St Michael’s Mount
  • National Trust – Trelissick Garden
  • Newlyn Archive
  • Newquay Old Cornwall Society
  • North Hill Local History Group
  • Old Cornwall in Pictures
  • Padstow Old Cornwall Society
  • Par Old Cornwall Society
  • Penlee House Gallery and Museum
  • Penryn & Falmouth Old Cornwall Society
  • Pentewan Old Cornwall Society
  • Penwith Local History Group
  • Penzance Old Cornwall Society
  • Perranzabuloe Old Cornwall Society
  • Polperro Family History Society
  • Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
  • Porthleven Old Cornwall Society
  • Probus Old Cornwall Society
  • Redruth Old Cornwall Society
  • Royal Cornwall Museum
  • Southwest Cyber Library
  • St Agnes Old Cornwall Society
  • St Austell Old Cornwall Society
  • St Buryan Old Cornwall Society
  • St Columb Major Old Cornwall Society
  • St Denys & District Old Cornwall Society
  • St Gerrans & Portscatho Old Cornwall Society
  • St Goran Old Cornwall Society
  • St Ives Old Cornwall Society
  • St Just & Pendeen Old Cornwall Society
  • St Keverne Local History Society
  • Saltash Old Cornwall Society
  • Torpoint Old Cornwall Society
  • Trevithick Society
  • Truro Old Cornwall Society
  • Wadebridge Old Cornwall Society
  • Wesley Historical Society – Cornish Methodist Historical Association
  • Wheal Martyn Clay Works

The Cities And Towns Of Cornwall

The only city in Cornwall is Truro. 

The towns in Cornwall include:

  • Bodmin‎ 
  • Bude
  • Callington‎ 
  • Camborne‎ 
  • Camelford‎ 
  • Falmouth
  • Fowey‎ 
  • Hayle‎ 
  • Helston‎ 
  • Launceston
  • Liskeard‎ 
  • Looe‎ 
  • Lostwithiel‎ 
  • Marazion‎ 
  • Newlyn‎ 
  • Newquay‎ 
  • Padstow‎ 
  • Penryn, Cornwall‎ 
  • Penzance‎ 
  • Porthleven‎ 
  • Redruth‎ 
  • St Austell‎
  • St Ives
  • St Blazey‎ 
  • St Columb Major‎ 
  • St Just in Penwith‎ 
  • Saltash
  • Stratton
  • Torpoint
  • Wadebridge‎ 

Thanks to  Pete Linforth for use of the image at the top of this page.

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