Tywardreath Priory granted a town charter to Fowey in 1190  but it was during the 1300s that the town’s trade began to overtake that of Lostwithiel upriver. Fowey prospered on the back of that trade – both legal and illegal!

By 1900 Fowey had quietened down

Population 1861: 1,400

Population 2011: 2,300

Planned population 2031: 2,600

Formerly on the edge of the town, the 6th century Tristan stone is now accompanied by 21st century housing.