Tregony is the village in the county of Cornwall, which is more widely referred to as the ‘gateway to the Roseland’. In the earlier years of the village’s existence it is said that the Phoenician and Roman traders sailed to Tregony to buy tin for other goods. The village was thought of as a town and during the 14th century a lot of woolen mills were established there, making rough serge called ‘Tregony cloth’. The river on which Tregony sits is navigable but only up to the Tregony Bridge, which is only fifteen miles from the sea. Tregony was a bustling port of call some time before ports like Falmouth, Truro and Penryn developed some prominence.
Tregony was given free borough status by King James I and so it had the right to send two of its elected representatives to the House of Commons at Westminster. Queen Elizabeth I maintained the villages’ status as borough and this was held until 1832. Tregony lost its borough status when the 1832 Reform Act disenfranchised it, after it became one of the ‘Rotten Boroughs’ filled with corruption and mismanagement. Once the village had lost this status it began to slowly decline in economic activity and development.
Tregony Cornwall. Nowadays thing are quite different in Tregony because of the river being silted up in some parts and this was caused by the surrounding deforestation, agricultural practices which give rise to run off and further upstream at St. Stephen, the tin streaming and china clay processing. Silt dredging then became an important enterprise for locals for a while as they dug the river and the silt was used to make bricks in the factory at Ruan Lanihorne. This lasted until it was no longer viable for the locals.
Tregony remains a very quaint and charming village, despite no longer being a main port. There are still some features of the village that should be seen when visiting. On Forte Street there is an unusual clock tower, and there is also an almshouse that was built in the seventeenth century, that has a wooden gallery done in an unusual style. Located on Tregony Hill is the site of a twelfth century Norman castle that was known as ‘Treg-ney’ and that is where the village got its name. Visitors should make it a part of their list of places to visit in Tregony, as it is a sight to behold.
The surrounding woodlands and the riverside in the vicinity of Tregony and Ruan Lanihorne are wonderful places to explore and go on an adventure. There is surely no shortage of areas to explore and the view is breathtaking. Ornithologists love to visit the course of the Ruan River because of the wide variety of birds that make the riverbanks their home. You may stop at the King Arms in Fore Street and be warmly welcomed, and you will be able to have a well prepared meal in a friendly atmosphere. While you are there you can also enjoy a pint of ale and sit by an open fire and make some friends.