Dowr an Chas

Old village once the centre of mining


Chacewater Parish Council


Chacewater is situated approximately three miles east of Redruth on the A390. The hamlets of Carnhot, Cox Hill, Creegbrawse, Hale Mills, Jolly's Bottom, Salem, Saveock, Scorrier, Todpool, Twelveheads and Wheal Busy are in the parish. The village sits in a valley between hills separating it from Threemilestone, Scorrier and St. Day close to Wheal Busy and the Poldice Valley and the Coast to Coast cycle route. The population of the village was 1,580 at the 2011 census.

The Carnon river starts just north of the village.

The village has three pubs and a club, the Chacewater Literary Institute. There are also a health centre, a primary school, a village hall and small selection of shops.

Chacewater railway station was opened by the West Cornwall Railway on 25th August 1852 but has long since closed. On 6th July 1903 a branch line to Perranporth was opened from nearby Blackwater; it was extended to Newquay on 2nd January 1905, and the whole branch line closed on the 4th February 1963.

There are two Nursery Gardens in Chacewater; Sunny Corner Nurseries and Roseland House Nursery.

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.

The Anglican church 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 un-plastered. The Methodist Chapel is closed, pending repairs.

Notable Residents

Jonathan Hornblower (1753-1815) the steam pioneer was born in Chacewater.

Matthew Paul Moyle (1788–1880) the meteorologist and geologist was born here.

Andrew Ketcham Barnett (1852–1914) Mayor of Penzance and president of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall was also born in the village.

John Robarts VC (1818–1888) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

William Sims, (1762-1834) Leading Cornish mining engineer from Chacewater who worked with Richard Trevithick.

Richard Williams (1851-1892) was born in Chacewater and was known throughout the world as 'Schiller Williams' after surviving the wreck of the Schiller and helping save some of the other few survivors. He was a famous, champion wrestler in Cornwall, the US, England, Northern Ireland, Bolivia and Mexico. He became lightweight champion of Cornwall in 1887 after beating William Lucking in Wales. He was Western states champion in the US. He died in Mexico.


Chacewater Vintage Rally - mid May.

Chacewater Carnival - August.


Pubs in Chacewater

Redruth       Truro       St. Agnes       St. Day       Scorrier House       Burncoose Garden & Nursery