Address: Elim Church Camborne, Kerrier Way, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 8FH

In the 2011 UK census, although there was no specific Cornish language question, thirty people living in the parish of Camborne declared that Cornish was their main language at home, thirteen in Troon and Beacon.[18]

Welcome one and all to Camborne – the real, Cornish town that shaped the world. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or you’ve lived here all your life, we hope you’ll find all the information you could need… and maybe discover something new, too.

Tin originally mined at South Crofty was used to form the bronze medals awarded in the 2012 London Olympics[10]

Camborne is twinned with two places: Santez-Anna-Wened in Brittany, France, and Pachuca, Hidalgo in Mexico. Camborne was twinned with Pachuca at a ceremony in Mexico on 3 July 2008.[28]

Camborne Town Band has been contesting music records from the late 19th century until the present day. It has performed on BBC Radio and BBC Television.

Camborne (Cornish: Kammbronn,[1] 'Crooked Hill') is a town and civil parish in west Cornwall, England, UK.[2] It is at the western edge of a conurbation comprising Camborne, Pool and Redruth.[3]

The town centre is simply packed with traditional, local businesses. From old-fashioned butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers to computers, music and model railways, the shops are bursting with value and local character – of course you’ll find familiar faces too.

The Cornish language was the language of the area around Camborne until the beginning of the 18th century and it is recorded that everyone living west of Truro spoke Cornish in 1644.[12] Nicholas Boson wrote that Cornish was spoken as far east as Redruth and Falmouth circa 1700.[12] In 1700 the pioneering Celtic linguist Edward Lhuyd came to Cornwall to study the language and visited Camborne, detailing many aspects of the parish.[13]

Notable local rugby players include Josh Matavesi 18-year-old debut for Fiji against Scotland in 2010, his younger brother Sam, debut against Canada in 2013,[26][27] Roger Arthur, Llanelli and Wales and Andy Reed, Camborne, Bath, and Scotland.

The Camborne and Redruth constituency was created for the 2010 general election, following a review of parliamentary representation in Cornwall by the Boundary Commission for England, which increased the number of seats in the county from five to six.[19] It is primarily a successor to the former Falmouth and Camborne seat.

In 1931 the ruins of a Roman villa were found at Magor Farm, Illogan, near Camborne, and excavated that year under the guidance of the Royal Institution of Cornwall.[8] It is the only Roman villa to be found in the whole of Cornwall.

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An inscribed altar stone found at Chapel Ia, Troon (now set in the altar of the parish church), and dated to the tenth or eleventh centuries, attests to the existence of a settlement then.[9] The chapel of St Ia was recorded in 1429 and a holy well was nearby. The site was called Fenton-ear (i.e. the well of Ia). The stone is very similar to one now in the garden at Pendarves, used as the base for a sundial.[24]

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A modest quantity of South Crofty tin was purchased by a local enterprise and this gradually dwindling stock is used to make specialist tin jewellery, branded as the South Crofty Collection.

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Camborne was, for a quarter of a century, one of the termini of Cornwall's only tram service. This system was opened in 1902 and ran a regular service to Redruth until it closed in 1927.

Here at Elim church in Camborne we have groups to suit everyone at all ages.

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The composition of Camborne Town Council as of 2015:

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Camborne was a prosperous boom town in the nineteenth century, due to the tin mining industry. Sadly, the last tin mine closed a few years ago but the Camborne School of Mines is still a thriving educational establishment in the town. The local museum has a mining section and old beam engines can be seen at Cornish Engines.

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The town name inspired the name of Camborne, New Zealand, a seaside suburb of Porirua City developed by an investment company headed by an Arthur Cornish. Most of its street names are of Cornish origin.


One of the most important surviving works of medieval Cornish literature is Beunans Meriasek, the Life of St Meriadoc the patron saint of Camborne.[14] In the 19th century the nickname for Camborne people was Mera-jacks, or Merry-geeks, and those who washed in St Meriasek's well were called Merrasicks, Merrasickers, Moragicks or Mearagaks.[15]

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On Christmas Eve 1801, the Puffing Devil – a steam-powered road locomotive built by Camborne engineer Richard Trevithick – made its way up Camborne Hill in Cornwall.[11] It was the world's first self-propelled passenger carrying vehicle. The events have been turned into a local song:

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Alan M. Kent's 2005 novel Proper job, Charlie Curnow ! is set in and around the Trelawney Estate, a fictional housing estate based on the Grenville Estate, Troon.

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In the 20th century several Cornish words and phrases were noted as still in use amongst the inhabitants of Camborne. These include taw tavas (silent tongue) and allycumpoester (all in order).[14][16]

The A30 trunk road now by-passes the Town around its northern edge. The old A30 through the Town has become the A3047. There is a small bus station halfway along and to the south of Trelowarren Street (the main high street), which has featured in tales by Cornish comedian Jethro.

Camborne's parish church is dedicated to St Martin and St Meriadoc: it is entirely of granite, of 15th-century date and is listed Grade I. St Martin was added to the original dedication to St Meriadoc in the 15th-century. There is a western tower and the aisles are identical in design: an outer south aisle was added in 1878–79 to a design by James Piers St Aubyn.[22] The church was re-opened on 7 August 1879 by Edward Benson, the Bishop of Truro.[23]

The town has a number of schools covering all age ranges, notably the main secondary school, Camborne Science and International Academy, and a campus of Cornwall College.

Richard Trevithick’s steam carriage – famously tested on Camborne Hill – is just one of the ways the sharp minds and skilled hands have made history…and there is still plenty for you to discover today. In Camborne, you’ll find it's a lively Cornish town with plenty going on to entertain you.

Camborne is a comparatively recent town. Much of its growth was associated with the mining boom in the early 19th century. Before this, Camborne Churchtown was a small hamlet surrounded by moorland. It was only one small place among a cluster of other villages, most of which were larger. The original road to Camborne was through Tuckingmill from where travellers had to follow a route through Treswithian to reach the hamlet.

Camborne is located in what was formerly one of the richest tin mining areas in the world and was once the home to the Camborne School of Mines (see below). The School of Mines moved from the centre of Camborne to Trevenson, Pool and is now a specialist department of the University of Exeter, based at Penryn Campus.

In the United Kingdom general election, 2015 the results were: