Chacewater (Cornish: Dowr an Chas) is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England, UK. It is situated approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Redruth.[1] The hamlets of Carnhot, Cox Hill, Creegbrawse, Hale Mills, Jolly's Bottom, Salem, Saveock, Scorrier, Todpool, Twelveheads and Wheal Busy are in the parish.[2] The electoral ward is called Chacewater & Kenwyn. At the 2011 census a population of 3,870 was quoted.[3]


Chacewater church
Location within Cornwall
Population1,666 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid referenceSW751444
Civil parish
  • Chacewater
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTRURO
Postcode districtTR4
Dialling code01872
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament


Chacewater sits in a valley between hills separating it from the villages of Threemilestone, Scorrier and St Day. Nearby is Wheal Busy, the Poldice Valley and the Coast to Coast cycle route. The village has a pub and a club, the Chacewater Literary Institute.[4] There are also a health centre, primary school, village hall and small selection of shops.

A free monthly magazine What's on in Chacewater reached its 200th issue in July 2007. It lists events and activities, such as the Football Club,[5] a Cricket Club,[6] a Bowling Club,[7] the Chacewater Old Cornwall Society,[8] the Chacewater Players, the Carnival (held in August), the Blind Club and a Women's Institute. The Kernow Microscopical Society meets in Chacewater.


The Anglican church[9][10] is dedicated to St Paul; it was built in 1828 and rebuilt (apart from the tower) in 1892 by Edmund H. Sedding. The stonework is partly of granite and partly of Polyphant stone: the interior is lofty and the walls unplastered.[11]

On 29 April 1880 a new organ was installed, for £120, in the Methodist Chapel by Mr Hele of Hele & Co, Plymouth.[12]

Economy and transport

Chacewater railway station was opened by the West Cornwall Railway on 25 August 1852 but long since closed. The station closed to passengers on 5 October 1964 but continued to be served by goods traffic for many years, latterly for Blue Circle Cement. The Penzance bound platforms can still be seen, complete with a much altered station building. Great Western Railway and CrossCountry services run through the station on the Cornish Main Line. There are two Nursery Gardens in Chacewater; Sunny Corner Nurseries and Roseland House Nursery, which holds a National Collection of Clematis viticella cultivars and of Lapageria rosea, the Chilean Bellflower. Twelveheads Press, an independent publishing company, is based in Chacewater. It is best known for the Cornish Heritage series but also publishes transport and mining books.

Notable people

Notable people born in Chacewater include Jonathan Hornblower the steam pioneer, Matthew Paul Moyle the meteorologist and geologist, and Andrew Ketcham Barnett, Mayor of Penzance and president of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall. (See also Category:People from Chacewater.)

See also

  • Wheal Busy – a nearby disused metalliferous mine formerly called Chacewater mine
  • Wheal Jane – a nearby disused tin mine


  1. Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. Cornwall; Explore Britain
  3. "Ward population 2011 census". Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  4. Chacewater Literary Institute was given to the village in 1893 by John Passmore Edwards.
  5. Chacewater F.C. Archived June 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Chacewater Cricket Club Archived August 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. Chacewater Bowling Club
  8. Chacewater Old Cornwall Society Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  9. "St Paul's Church-History". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
  10. "St Paul's Church - current information". Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2007.
  11. Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 147
  12. "Chasewater". The Cornishman (96). 13 May 1880. p. 7.
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