Business and Industries


Cornwall is internationally known for its industrial pre-eminence in the 18th and 19th centuries. Despite this, comparatively few collections at Cornwall Record Office (CRO) relate specifically to one business or industry. Many local enterprises were developed or supported by land owning families. Others were operated, managed, or subsequently taken over by companies outside the county. Some businesses were relatively small concerns based in one town or parish. Records may therefore be found:

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  • in estate and family archives
  • in smaller deposits and
  • exceptionally, as the records of major businesses

You can use the links in the menu to explore some of the records available for different industries