The parish of
is located on the North coast of Cornwall, near
Padstow. Originally part of the St. Columb Registration District, it
is now in the Bodmin District. Principal places of residence are St
Merryn Shop, Constantine, Treyarnon, Porthcothan and Harlyn. There
are several hamlets, namely Trevear, Trevorrick, Towan, Porthcothan
Mill, Trethias and Carnevas.
The Church has been rebuilt and restored throughout
the centuries, but traces of the older churches remain. The earliest
recorded Vicar was in 1259. The entrance today is through the North
Porch, and the Church is well cared for, as is the attached burial
ground. Across the road is "The Cornish Arms", which was the Old
Vicarage, and a few cottages in Churchtown.
About one mile to the southwest of St Merryn village
are the ruins of St Constantine church. They consist of a portion of
the tower, with its doorway, and other fragments; no gravestones or
other monuments exist. There was also a Wesleyan Methodist chapel at
The Cottages and a Bible Christian chapel at Trehemborne.
This is mainly a farming parish and there are some
17 farms, many of which have been farmed by the same families for
generations. These days there is diversification into bed &
breakfast, caravan sites and other tourist attractions on many of
them. There is also a maritime association in the parish, as it
contains Trevose Lighthouse, built in 1847. The lighthouse men were
to be found in the censuses in 1851, 61, 71 and 81. There are also
World War II military graves in the Church Cemetery.
|A 'Mangel Cave' at Porthcothan
Root vegetable, similar to turnips, used mainly for animal
the Malcolm McCarthy Collection
|Seaweed Pickers at Porthcothan c. 1890
probably collecting for the Andrews family of Trevethan Farm
the Malcolm McCarthy Collection
The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for St Merryn is Tim Johnson, who can be
For information about (and contact details for) the current parish
council, please see
Contact details for the church can be found by searching
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.
Many have been transcribed and are in our database, see the
parish coverage page. To search for records, please see our searchable database
(C-PROP) which is updated frequently.
University of Leicester's website of Historical Directories.
1764, William DENNIS
- A list of Vicars from
1688 to 1887
27 Dec 1662, transcription of a pre-nuptial agreement, relating to the
marriage of Martin LIVERTON & Jane MAYE
- An 18th Century
Charm/Spell prepared for Thamson LEVERTON.
- St Merryn
School Admissions Register
- For an account book, apparently kept by William
PETER, with dates ranging from the late 1700s to approx. 1849,
Many local residents are named.
- A letter
concerning non-payment of tithes, dated 28 Apr 1843 and signed T. H. PETER.
- To view a transcription of a bankruptcy indenture,
dated 2 Apr 1898, involving James PARKYN of St Merryn,
There are also indentures involving people from St Merryn amongst
those for multiple parishes linking
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 St Merryn at
drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a
specific location on the map.
St Ervan and Padstow.
With a Pasty in my Pocket by Jack Ingrey and Malcolm McCarthy.
ISBN-10: 0954991346. ISBN-13: 978-0954991340.
- St Merryn is included in
The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume III by Davies Gilbert,
William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in
1838. Also downloadable as a pdf from here.
The relevant pages can be found under the old spelling of St Merran.
Phillimore's Marriages Vol
IV transcripts including St Merryn
(transcribed and in our