Nanpean Local Areas of Interest

Cornwall as you may well be aware is littered with a history that would fill the belly of any historian over and over again.
From its industrial past to its quaint and intriguing coastal havens, many of which have been in use for centuries and still thrive today. One such instance is the Cornwall ‘China Clay Country’, which, incidentally, is where we live!

This is undoubtedly the biggest man-made change made in the county that has altered it so much, that it is now nicknamed the ‘Cornish Alps’. Whilst the clay mountains have lost their whiteness due to much work done by Imerys, the Cornish China Clay Company. They have landscaped the mountains of waste materials produced after removing the clay, and the ‘alps’ were visible from many miles away. Today, however, they look like normal hills and mountains full of greenery and trees.

As we visit local places, we shall list them here for you to see, and maybe if you are lucky enough to visit this beautiful and rugged county, you too will be able to see them for yourselves.

Nanpean on a busy day


Tregargus Mill


Goonabarn Valley, Grade II Listed China Clay Mill

Cornwall abounds in mills, mines, pits, and quarries, and here at Tregargus Mill lies a once busy china clay workings powered by natural water source and long since closed down.

1965 was the last year of operation and since then, these once considerable mills have slowly but surely reverted back to nature.
The walk through the valley is wooded for the most part and littered with the remains of various pieces of the mill workings. You will come across rusting water wheels, minus their wooden slats, heavy metal rods that once drove the mechanical parts of the mill. Water pits carved out of the valley rock and smaller buildings have collapsed to the point where they cannot be identified as to their original usage.

Nanpean Church


Our local church is only 100 yards away from us near the edge of the village of Nanpean and in the heart of  Cornish Clay Country, better known locally as the Alps of Cornwall.