The ancient township of Grampound, together with the hamlet of Creed, lies in the centre of Cornwall, sheltered in the beautiful valley of the River Fal. Settled since prehistoric times, from within the ancient parish of Creed and the old manor of Tybesta, Grampound grew as a main crossing place of the Fal, a focus for travellers and traders moving betwen west Cornwall and England. Thus Grampound became one of the most important towns in Cornwall and has a rich and vibrant history. The main A390 road now runs through the town, bringing with it the problems of traffic, but Grampound remains a beautiful location with a rich community life and spirit.
Grampound originated as a 13th century planned medieval market town situated at an important bridging point on the main southerly route through Cornwall. The settlement is named after the bridge – 'Grand Pont’ Norman French for ‘Great Bridge’. Remains of the medieval market town still shape the village and its surrounding landscape: the wide width of Fore Street was originally the market place, with long, narrow burgage plots running off it and merging with the surrounding medieval strip field system.
Grampound has an important industrial heritage and specialised in leather and textile production from the medieval period. A number of significant sites include former tan yards and mill sites.
Turnpike improvements improved the main road in the mid 18th century and rerouted the road away from Old Hill to its current route in 1834.
In 1824 Grampound lost its right to return two representatives to parliament. It was the only ‘Rotten Borough’ to be disenfranchised prior to the Reform Bill of 1832.
20th century road works - Modern traffic levels led to further changes including road widening and the construction of the current bridge (1968).