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Cornish: Deveryon
Market Street, Devoran - - 148487.jpg
Market Street, Devoran
Grid reference: SW793392
Location: 50°12’41"N, 5°5’34"W
Local Government
Council: Cornwall

Devoran is a village in southern Cornwall, four miles southwest of Truro. Formerly an ecclesiastical parish, Devoran is now in the civil parish of Feock.

The village stands on the north-east bank of the Carnon River at its confluence with Restronguet Creek, a tidal creek which flows into Carrick Roads above Falmouth. Devoran is at the Normal Tidal Limit (NTL) of the creek today, but until the 20th-century the tidal limit stretched much further up the valley.[1]


The quay at Devoran

Devoran played an important role in the tin and copper mining industry. It developed as a small port engaged in the export of mined minerals and the import of mining materials and coal.[2] The Redruth and Chasewater Railway, an early industrial line which served the many mines a few miles to the north, terminated at the port (although there was an extension to wharves at Point on which trains were hauled by horses rather than locomotives). Today, this long-disused railway forms part of a coast-to-coast footpath and cycle route.


The church of St John and St Petroc was built in 1855–56 by the architect John Loughborough Pearson. It consists of a nave and chancel only.[3] It was renovated in 1879.[4]

Thomas Lobb, Victorian botanist and plant hunter is buried in Devoran churchyard.

The parish war memorial by H J Martin lists seventeen names "in grateful memory of the men of the parish of Devoran who fell in the Great War 1914–1919". A further section of eight names was added of Second World War casualties. [5]


  1. Cornwall Industrial Settlements Initiative; Devoran; PDF. Retrieved 8 April 2016
  2. "Cornwall Industrial Settlements Initiative - Devoran". Historic Environment, Cornwall Council. December 2002. pp. 13. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  3. Nikolaus Pevsner: The Buildings of England: Cornwall, 1951; 1970 Penguin Books ISBN 978-0-300-09589-0
  4. "Devoran". The Cornishman (66): p. 5. 16 October 1879. 
  5. "Devoran War Memorial Cornwall". Devoran War Memorial Cornwall. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  • Acton, Viv Life by the Fal: Years of change at Point and Penpol, Penpol, Landmark Publications (1993) ISBN 1-873443-10-2
  • Acton, Bob Exploring Cornwall's tramway trails, Volume 2: The coast-to coast trail: Portreath to Devoran and beyond, Penpol, Landmark Publications (1997) ISBN 1-873443-28-5