Mevagissey: from Cornish fishing village to the city that never sleeps

Victorian Mevagissey has been described as a place ‘dependent on the sea’, with the majority of its men employed as fishermen, boatbuilders and mariners. If we include the whole parish rather than just the coastal settlement this is a slight exaggeration. In fact, almost a half of the parish's adult men in 1861 found work … Continue reading Mevagissey: from Cornish fishing village to the city that never sleeps

Some east Cornish surnames

These three surnames were mainly found in east Cornwall in the 1500s. They had already ramified and probably been hereditary for about 200 years, or six generations by then. To see what the 1861 map of these surnames looks like click here.