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HER Number:30714
Name:BOSIGRAN - Early Medieval settlement, Medieval settlement, Post Medieval settlement


The settlement of Bosigran is first recorded in 1333 when it was spelt "Bosygarane".

Grid Reference:SW 4266 3697
Parish:Zennor, Penwith, Cornwall
Map:Show location on Streetmap

Protected Status: None recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 30714

Monument Type(s):

Full description

The settlement of Bosigran is first recorded in 1333 when it was spelt "Bosygarane" (b4). The name is Cornish and contains the element bod meaning 'dwelling' (which implies a settlement of early medieval origin) and possibly garan meaning 'crane' (b7).
The development of the settlement since 1834 is discussed in a report for the National Trust, the owners, by Peter Herring (b8). Eric Berry visited the site in 1982 and produced a measured plan and elevation of the dilapidated house which had C17 origins (h1, b6). His proposals for restoration were not accepted and the house was demolished in 1984 (b8). Two other occupied houses (30714.2, 30714.3), a barn (30714.4), two dwellings now used as barns (30714.5, 30714.6) and a pigsty (30714.7) were also noted (h2, b8).

Site history:
1: 1982. BERRY, E / NT
2: 1986. HERRING, PC / CAU

<1> RIC Collection, 1834, Map of Borlase Holdings in Bosigran and Rosemergy, HJ8217 (Unpublished document). SCO3619.

<2> Tithe Award, 1840s, Zennor (Bibliographic reference). SCO4940.

<3> Ordnance Survey, 1880s, 1st Edition 1:2500 Map (Cartographic materials). SCO4048.

<4> Gover, JEB, 1948, Place-Names of Cornwall, 666 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3402.

<5> Ordnance Survey, 1970s, 1:10,000 OS Map (Cartographic materials). SCO4045.

<7> Padel, OJ, 1985, Cornish Place-Name Elements, 23, 101, 247 (Bibliographic reference). SCO4064.

<8> Herring, PC, 1987, Bosigran, Zennor, 153-155 & FIGS 41-44 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3569.

Sources / Further Reading

[1]SCO3619 - Unpublished document: RIC Collection. 1834. Map of Borlase Holdings in Bosigran and Rosemergy. MS At RIC HJ8217. HJ8217.
[2]SCO4940 - Bibliographic reference: Tithe Award. 1840s. Zennor.
[3]SCO4048 - Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. 1st Edition 1:2500 Map.
[4]SCO3402 - Bibliographic reference: Gover, JEB. 1948. Place-Names of Cornwall. 666.
[5]SCO4045 - Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. 1970s. 1:10,000 OS Map.
[7]SCO4064 - Bibliographic reference: Padel, OJ. 1985. Cornish Place-Name Elements. 23, 101, 247.
[8]SCO3569 - Bibliographic reference: Herring, PC. 1987. Bosigran, Zennor. Copy At CAU. 153-155 & FIGS 41-44.

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Related records

30714.70Parent of: BOSIGRAN - Modern building (Building)
30714.40Parent of: BOSIGRAN - Post Medieval barn (Building)
30714.60Parent of: BOSIGRAN - Post Medieval farm building (Building)
30714.30Parent of: BOSIGRAN - Post Medieval farmhouse (Building)
30714.20Parent of: BOSIGRAN - Post Medieval house (Building)
30714.50Parent of: BOSIGRAN - Post Medieval house (Building)
30714.10Parent of: BOSIGRAN - Post Medieval house (Monument)