Mevagissey is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cornwall.
Other places in the parish include: Polmassick, Tregiskey, St Ewe, Trelaven, Penwarne, and Crosswyn.
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.
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.
Poorhouses & Poor Law
- 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