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Nanpean village, Cornwall

Nanpean, a name that means Little Valley in Cornish, lies in Mid Cornwall.

Situated about five miles northwest of St. Austell on the western side of the Hensbarrow granite, the name of the village is recorded in medieval texts of 1332. It really grew to prominence however between 1840 and 1880.

The parish of St Stephen-in-Brannel was the main china clay producing area in Hensbarrow, it remains at its heart even today. Nanpean soon became the main centre for administration and the industry on Hensbarrow. It lies at the heart of the most productive area of quarries and pits.

William Cookworthy discovered good quality china clay near here in 1748 at Carloggas. By 1869 a branch of the Cornwall railway had reached Nanpean, with a mill and brickworks established at Drinnick. In 1870, Nanpean was described as thriving and the chief village in St Stephen parish.

Nanpean was chosen as the site for a chemical plant for the recovery of aluminium as a by-product from the nearby china clay workings during World War II when this metal was in short supply but the village has diminished in importance recently.

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in St. Austell, St Columb Major, Charlestown and Truro.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowSt. Austell



arrowSt Columb Major



Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowSt. Austell

	arrowSt Austell


	arrowSt Columb Major


Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in St Austell, Mevagissey, Bodmin Moor and Fowey.

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