The parish of Mylor, (Cornish: Lannwydhek), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. It is bounded on the north by Restronguet Creek which separates it from Feock, on the east by the River Fal which separates it from St Just-in-Roseland, on the south by Falmouth Harbour, and on the west by St Gluvias and Perranarworthal. The parish is named after the patron saint of this parish who, it is said, established the first church at Mylor near the water. The parish is located north of Falmouth on the west coast of the natural haven of Carrick Roads. It once contained a small Royal Navy Dockyard, but the seafront is now popular with yachtsmen. The picturesque Restronguet Creek with its Pandora Inn is north-east of Mylor Bridge. The Inn was once owned by Captain Edwards who brought the Bounty mutineers to justice.
Mylor Bridge is a pleasant village situated at the head of the creek. Tregew is another village. The parish of Flushing was created from Mylor in 1844.
Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)
There is a memorial in the parish which was erected by the Boys of HM Training Ship GANGES in January 1872. One side reads: Sacred to the Memory of Algernon Horace NEAL, died October 3rd 1898, aged 15 years & 8 months
George WILLS, died October 22nd 1898, aged 16 years & 6 months
Thomas Henry ATKINSON, died October 28th 1898, aged 16 years & 6 months
Joseph Benjamin John BAUGH, died November 23rd 1898, aged 16 years
William George CARTER, died December 20th 1898, aged 17 years & 9 months.
Census information for this parish (1841 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members. Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:
1841. The 1841 Census of Mylor (HO107/138) including Flushing, Enumeration Districts 1 to 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
The New Zealand Society of Genealogists have compiled separate surname indexes of the 1851 Census for each Cornish registration district; Mylor is listed in Volume 22. The booklets are available in Cornwall at the Cornwall Centre, (formerly known as the Cornish Studies Library), and is also available in the Cornwall FHS Library.
Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SW8036, and is dedicated to St Melorus (or Milor, Melor). It consists of a chancel, nave, south aisle, north and south transepts, and vestry. The arcade has six semi-circular arches of Caen stone, with pillars and capitals of the same material. The entrances are a south porch, a north door and a priest's door. The north door is a Norman door. The western gable of the nave is surmounted with an embattled turret. A detached belfry stands a short distance to the west of the church.
In May 1869, the church was in a very dilapidated and dangerous condition; it was taken down for restoration. It was found to have three different styles of architecture: Norman (from about the reign of Henry I or Stephen, circa 1130-50); about AD 1400 the church was enlarged and partially reconstructed; this process was carried still further in the early 16th century in the Perpendicular style. During the 19th century renovations, a granite post, which had been used as a flying buttress against the south wall, had to be removed. On clearing away the earth, it was found to be a ponderous cross over 17 feet in length. The Mylor Churchyard Cross is very old; local tradition believes it originally was the marker of St Mylor's grave. It has now been re-erected in the churchyard.
Non-Conformist. There were chapels for the Wesleyan Methodists, Primitive Methodists, and Independents in the parish.
The parish of Mylor was originally in the Falmouth Registration District; there were sub-districts at Constantine, Falmouth, Mylor and Penryn, but these have now been abolished. It is now in the Truro Registration District. Parishes in the Falmouth registration district were: Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal, St. Gluvias.
The address of the Superintendant Registrar in Truro is: Dalvenie House, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.
Tel: 01872 322241.