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Flushing (Cornish: Flushyn) is a well-sheltered fishing village half a mile from Falmouth. It is situated in the Hundred of Kerrier and was created from part of Mylor parish on 23rd June 1844. It is well-placed at the foot of a steep hill, having a southern aspect, and is a short journey across the water from Falmouth's Prince of Wales pier.

The Dutch constructed this port in the 18th century, and gave it the name of the Dutch port of Flushing from whence they came. It soon became a high-class residential district where the captains of the packets lived and whose fine houses may still be seen today. There is a ferry service from here to Falmouth. In consequence of the mildness of its temperature, it became popular in the late 19th century with the old and infirm. It is now a centre for oyster fishing and recreational sailing. HM Training ship Ganges, which was used to train boys, was located off here.

The hamlet of Tregew is contained in the parish.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 68 entries.


Census information for this parish (1851 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members. The Cornwall Family History Society have also published on-line census detail by surname on the FamilyHistoryonLine site.

Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:

Church History

Church Records

Civil Registration

The parish of Flushing became part of the Falmouth Registration District on its creation; there were sub-districts at Constantine, Falmouth, Mylor and Penryn, but these have now been abolished. It is now in the Truro Registration District.

The address of the Superintendant Registrar in Truro is: Dalvenie House, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.
Tel: 01872 322241.

Description & Travel


OPC Assistance. The On-line Parish Clerk (OPC) scheme operates a service to help family historians; the OPC page for this parish is available on-line, from where the OPC can be contacted by email.


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Flushing parish was part of the Falmouth Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


Flushing was created from Mylor parish in 1844.

  • Population in 1851 - 896 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1006 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1006 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 861 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 995 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 858 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 887 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 887 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 850 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 734 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 740 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 820 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 646 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 675 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 670 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 000 persons


The parish comprises 0000 acres of land.

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