Mevagissey Cornwall Family History Guide

Mevagissey is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall.

Other places in the parish include: Polmassick, Tregiskey, St Ewe, Trelaven, Penwarne, and Crosswyn.

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Parish registers begin:

Mevagissey

  • Parish registers: 1590
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1598

Separate registers exist for St Ewe

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1611

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MEVAGISSEY, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in St. Austell district, Cornwall. The village stands on a beautiful bay of its own name, 5½ miles S of St. Austell r. station; took its name from two saints, St. Mevan and St. Issey; is a sub-port to Fowey, with a pier and a capacious harbour; conducts so extensiVe a in one year in its bay,-though the quantity of late has very greatly declined; carries on also an import trade in coal, timber, salt, and other things; has long had a bad name for dirt and fishy malodour; was so fearfully scourged by cholera in 1849 that its inhabitants moved into tents till it was cleansed; and has a post office under St. Austell, a good inn, a coast-guard station, a market on Saturdays, and a fair on St. Peter’s day. The parish contains also the hamlets of Penwarne, Tregiskey, and Trelaven. Acres, 1,344. Real property, £4,829. Pop. in 1851, 2,022; in 1861, 1,914. Houses, 450. Penwarne and Pentuan belong to the Tremaynes; Tregiskey and Trelaven belonged formerly to the Grenvilles, but belong now also to the Tremaynes; and Porthhilly belongs to the Hoblyns. The surface is hilly. The bay measures 3 miles across the entrance, and 1¼ mile thence to the head; is bounded on the N by Black Head, 153 feet high, on the S by Chapel Point, commanding a fine view of the coast eastward to the entrance of Plymouth sound; and has a depth of 18 feet within the village-pier at high water of spring tides. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £200. Patrons, the Representatives of J. Benbow, Esq. The church is ancient, and has lost its tower. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists, and a national school. The sub-district contains also three other parishes. Acres, 12,874. Pop., 4,575. Houses, 1,003.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Bankrupts

People who were declared bankrupt and the date of banruptcy.

Ball Philip, Mevagissey, Cornwall, merchant, Dec. 11, 1824.

Slade John, Mevagissy, Cornwall, mercer and draper, Jan. 15, 1825.

Smith Peter, Mevagissey, Cornwall, grocer and draper, Dec. 25, 1824.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Census

Census returns for Mevagissey, 1841-1891

Church Records

Baptisms, 1786-1837 Author: Independent Church (Mevagissey)

Bishop’s transcripts for Mevagissey, 1685-1772 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Mevagissey (Cornwall)

Church records for Fore Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Mevagissey, 1916-1966 Author: Fore Street Chapel (Mevagissey, Cornwall : Wesleyan Methodist)

Church records for Mevagissey Bible Christian Circuit, 1838-1976 Author: Bible Christian Church. Mevagissey Circuit (Cornwall)

Church records for Mevagissey United Methodist Circuit, 1898-1976 Author: United Methodist Church. Mevagissey Circuit (Cornwall)

Church records for Mevagissey Wesleyan Methodist circuit, 1838-1949 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church. Mevagissey Circuit (Cornwall)

Church records for River Street United Methodist Chapel, Mevagissey, 1898-1994 Author: Fore Street Chapel (Mevagissey, Cornwall : Wesleyan Methodist)

England, Cornwall, Mevagissey, bishop’s transcripts, 1596-1838 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Mevagissey (Cornwall); Devon Record Office (Exeter)

England, Cornwall, Mevagissey, parish registers, 1837-1906 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Mevagissey (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Parish register of Mevagissey, Cornwall Author: Grylls, A. C. Glynn; Church of England. Parish Church of Mevagissey (Cornwall)

Parish registers for Mevagissey, 1590-1967 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Mevagissey (Cornwall); Cornwall Record Office

Computer printout of Independent, Mevagissey, Cornwall, England (1786-1837), births or christenings A thru Z

Parish of Mevagissey Author: Ivall, Dennis Endean; Thompson, Gillian; Ivall, Dennis Endean, Mrs.

Parish register printouts of Mevagissey, Cornwall, England (1590-1875) christenings and marriages, a thru z

Cemeteries

Monumental inscriptions, Mevagissey, Cornwall, England : 1661-1835

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Poor law records, 1840-1855 Author: Mevagissey (Cornwall)

Schools

Admission registers, 1877-1944 Author: Mevagissey School (Cornwall)

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Cornwall
  • Civil Registration District: St Austell
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Powder
  • Poor Law Union: St Austell
  • Hundred: Powder
  • Province: Canterbury