old forge




The Gerrans Parish Heritage Centre is located on the site of the old forge, built in the 1790s. It was in the continual occupation of one family - the Pearces who operated here until 1966, after which time it was converted for use as an artist's studio.

As a result of a successful exhibition held in Gerrans School to celebrate the Millennium, it was felt that a home should be found for the exhibits and pictures so that the history of the parish could be displayed to the community and visitors. The Heritage & Information Centre opened in 2004 containing both a permanent exhibition showing the history of the parish from pre-history to the modern day. Our oldest artefact is a greenstone axe head dating from Neolithic times 4000-3000BC, found in a Portscatho garden and the most notable, a pair of ox shoes found on Tregaire Farm listed in the BBC's The History of Cornwall in 100 Objects project.

Other exhibitions have included Farming, Trades & Crafts, Music in the Parish, Sport and Worship in the Parish, Tourism, Our Boys Went to War, The Coastal Edge and 70 years in the Parish, to coincide with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

For address details, opening hours and directions please use the contact page.