CORNWALL ONLINE PARISH CLERKS - helping bring the past alive

The parish of


Fowey Church
The Parish Church
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Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Fowey is Clare Williams, who can be contacted by Email.

For information about (and contact details for) the current town council, please see this website.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.



Information can be found at COCP - the Cornwall Online Census Project - which is complete for 1841 to 1891 and has been verified, FreeCen at Rootsweb, which has a very good search engine and information from COCP, as well as GenUKI, which has more reference information and alternative resources.


For Parish Register information and other resources, please see our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently and GenUKI. The parish coverage page for C-PROP is here.


  1830, Pigot's for Fowey & Neighbourhood 1856, Post Office Directory for Cornwall

For more information, see the University of Leicester's website of Historical Directories or GenUKI.


Apprenticeship Indentures:

  1. 27 Oct 1845, William Stribley HOAL to Edward THOMAS

Manorial Records:

These documents include lists of tenants

  1. 1740, 1742, 1745 & 1754 - Borough & Manor of Fowey
  2. 1765 - 1773 - Borough & Manor of Fowey
  3. 1800 -1817 - Manor of Fowey
  4. c 1815 - Borough & Manor of Fowey

Photographs & Maps:

Many photographs are held by the Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum (and copies by the China Clay History Society), not only those related to that industry. John Evans has offered to search them for any of specific families and locations, and electronic copies would be supplied free of charge. Two examples are given below (click thumbnails to enlarge).

A large number of old O.S. Maps of many areas of Cornwall (various scales) are also available, the index is here. For the maps, please keep to the Crown Copyright as explained on the Ordnance Survey website.

  Fowey 1920s, 5-masted Schooner,
"Rebecca Palmer" of Boston
Fowey Station, c 1913-14 with
GW and Federated, Cardiff Wagons loaded with ½ton Casks
© Wheal Martyn & China Clay History Society

Settlement Papers:

  26 Feb 1774, Ann ROGERS (& Probus) 29 May 1800, Patience LANCE (& Truro)
  11 May 1765, Thomas THOMAS & family (& Luxulyan) 17 Jul 1820, Samuel, Mary & Grace TIPPIT (& Luxulyan)


A list of available Wills and Probate Documents. Copies of those marked as CRO can be ordered from here using the appropriate reference.  For those marked as NA enter the reference in the search box on this page and follow the onscreen instructions.

  7 Nov 1577, Robert RAIESHELEIGH 10 Feb 1743, John WILLIAMS
  16 Sep 1578, John RAYSHLIGH 1 Jun 1744, John WITTS, Mariner
  11 Feb 1579 (proved), William DICKWOOD 6 Mar 1745, Thomas MOULD
  28 Jun 1582, John HOLLMAN/HOLMAN 16 Jan 1746 (proved), John GROSE, mariner
  Apr 1607, Robert HODGE (nuncupative) 6 Oct 1746 (proved), Thomas WHITTON
  ? Dec 1607, Nicholas BATH 7 Nov 1746 (proved), Jonas ROBERTS
  1609?, Henry HUNKIN/HANKIN 8 Jan 1751, John COLLUMBE
  5 Jul 1616, Elizabeth HUNKIN 1 Jul 1751, Thomas WILLIAMS
  8 Dec 1620, Henry PETER 27 Dec 1751, William TIPPETT, mariner
  4 Sep 1636, Jane BATH 7 Jan 1782, Elizabeth HOWSON
  8 Jan 1638, John SAMWELL 24 Jun 1823, Lieutenant John FIFE
  12 Mar 1719, Anne COSSENTINE 30 Jun 1855, William BROKENSHAW
  21 May 1740, Joan POMEROY 4 Feb 1882, John OLLIVER
  12 Dec 1720, Ezekiel(l) MOULD proved 1752 15 Nov 1883, Charles OLLIVER

For more information regarding history, population, etc., visit GenUKI.


For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To see the Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab for Government Boundaries.

For maps and satellite images use Google Maps.

To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for Fowey at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


Tywardreath, Golant St Sampson and Lanteglos by Fowey.


  1. Fowey is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume II by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838 (page 36). Also downloadable as a pdf.
  2. The Cornwall Register by John Wallis, A.M. F.S.S., then Vicar of Bodmin, printed 1847. If the in-built search produces no results, use the index pages (474-476) to find your parish of interest. Tables of statistics and other data can be found at the beginning of the book, starting at page n9.
  3. Old Foye Days, being the true Story of a Cornish Haven, by Commander Hon. Henry N. Shore, R.N., first published in 1896
  4. Phillimore's Marriages Vol VIII transcripts including Fowey (transcribed and in our database


Courtesy of Robert & Mary Gill Lyle
Click thumbnails to enlarge

Lugger Inn
Fore Street
The Harbour
From Hall Walk
China Clay Docks
No. 2 R.E. Advance Guard
5 Aug 1914

The Bodinnick Horesferry
From the Malcolm McCarthy Collection