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St Peter, Mevagissey, Cornwall

(50°16′23″N, 4°47′28″W)
SX 012 452
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cornwall
now Cornwall
medieval Exeter
now Truro
  • Richard Jewell

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Feature Sets

The church is possibly 12thc but was remodelled in the 14thc and 15thc and restored by J.P. St Aubyn in 1887-8. It consists of nave, chancel, N aisle, S transept, S porch and W tower. The upper part of the tower collapsed in the 17thc; it was rebuilt with a saddleback roof in the 19thc restoration.The church is of granite and mixed rubble, with a N arcade of Pentewan stone. The font is Norman.


There is no mention of a settlement here in the Domesday Survey. The church was formerly dedicated to SS Mevan (also known as Meva or Mewan) and Issey, from whom the town takes its name. The medieval settlement was also known as Lammorack or Lavorack from the Cornish for 'church of the sea'.





Frances Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England’s Patron Saints, Volume 3, London 1899, 200.

F. Bond, Fonts and Font Covers, Oxford 1908, 45,47,147,155, pl.41.

Cornwall Historic Churches Trust:


Historic England List Entry:


Daniel Lysons and Samuel Lysons, 'Parishes: Mevagissey - Mullion', Magna Britannia: Volume 3, Cornwall (London 1814), 227-244. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/magna-britannia/vol3/pp227-244 [accessed 23 February 2017].

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Cornwall, Harmondsworth 1951,118-19.