MEVAGISSEY in the 1840's - this article was written in 1847 !
Is a small market town, sea-port, and parish, in the eastern division of Powder hundred - situated on the western shore of St. Austell's bay, six miles from that town, and fourteen from Truro. The Pilchard fishery is carried on here to a considerable extent, not fewer than from thirty to forty seins being employed by the inhabitants of the town, who are mostly engaged in this pursuit.
The harbour is commodious, and, having a pier which almost surrounds it, is secure for vessels of about 300 tons burden. The hills, which form a crescent round the bay, are bold and picturesque, interspersed with luxuriant foliage. The lords of the manor are the Duke of Buckingham and Earl Mount Edgcumbe.
The parish church of St. Mevan and St. Issi (from which, it is said, the name of the place is derived), stands in a valley near the east end of the town; it has an age-worn aspect, and the tower has been for years prostrated; the Earl Mount Edgcumbe is the patron of the benefice, which is a vicarage. The number of monuments in the church-yard has been the subject of frequent remark; and the interior of the edifice contains a very elegant one, dated 1644, to the memory of Otwell Hill, Esq. and his lady. There are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyan Methodists.
Saturday is the market-day. The parish contained in 1831, 2,169 inhabitants, and in 1841, 2,310.
Post Office, catherine Dunn, Post Mistress - Letters from all parts arrive (from St. Austell) every morning at a quarter before eight, and are despatched thereto every evening at a quarter past six.
GENTRY, CLERGY AND PROFESSIONAL PERSONS. Carlyon Rev. Edward, Mevagissey Clark Mary Ann, schoolmistress, Mevagissey Davies Mrs Amy, Mevagissey Dunn George, schoolmaster, Mevagissey Forsyth Mr. William, Mevagissey Gully Slade, Esq. Gorran Higgs Mr. William, Mevagissey Jenkins Rev. David, Gorran Kendall Mr. Edward, Mevagissey Mitchell Mr. Henry, Mevagissey Roberts Mrs. Elizabeth, Mevagissey Roberts William, auctioneer Samuel Lieutenant William, R.N. Mevagissey Tremayne John Hearl, Esq. Heligan INNS AND PUBLIC HOUSES Crown & Anchor, Susannah Rawe Fountain, Thomas Marshall Hope & Anchor, Joel Rawe King's Arms, John Marshall London Inn, John Hodge Ship Inn, John Morris SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS Allen Amelia, shopkeeper Allen Edmund, grocer Allen Edward, boot and shoe maker Allen James, shoe maker Allen Samuel, shopkeeper Allen William, carpenter Ball Timothy, chymist and druggist Barron Peter, draper and grocer Brown James, shopkeeper Bullock Mary, shopkeeper Carveth John, butcher Craggs Thomas, miller Dowrick John, shopkeeper Drew Benjamin, carpenter Duncalf William, grocer and draper Dunn Elizabeth, straw hat maker Dunn John George, registrar of births and deaths Dunn Walter, ship builder Ede Richard, tailor and draper Ford William, shoe maker Furse Eliza, shopkeeper Furse William, sail maker Harris William Henry, draper, grocer and tea dealer Jago Stephen Rice & Co. ironmongers Jolly William, shopkeeper Jorey Henry, blacksmith Jorey Philippa, straw hat maker Kitto Joseph, stone mason Lark Joseph, shoe maker Lelean Peter, ship builder Lelean William Bassett, grocer Libbey Robert, blacksmith Lobb Henry, shopkeeper Mills Esther, shopkeeper Morris John, butcher Olver Edward, shopkeeper Olver Matthew, stone mason Organ Francis, saddler Pearce John, merchant Rawe & Co. linen & woollen drapers Roberts Richard, carpenter Robins William, rope maker Scantlebury John, boot & shoe maker Scantlebury Robert, grocer & draper Scantlebury Thomas, ironmonger Slade Edward, watch maker Stark Thomas, cooper Treloar John, shopkeeper Vercoe Henry, boot and shoe maker Vercoe John, shoe maker Williams John, shopkeeper