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.

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

Crown & Anchor, Susannah Rawe
Fountain, Thomas Marshall
Hope & Anchor, Joel Rawe
King's Arms, John Marshall
London Inn, John Hodge
Ship Inn, John Morris

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