Mevagissey is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall.

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

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:


  • 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].


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 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


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

Poorhouses & Poor Law

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


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


England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

Cornwall Parish Register Index


Cornwall Burials A-Z index of surnames of people buried in Cornwall

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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

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