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The parish of St Ewe, (Cornish: Lannewa), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north by St Mewan and St Austell, on the east by St Austell and Mevagissey, on the south by Gorran and St Michael Caerhays, and on the west by Cuby and Creed. Nothing is known about this saint, whose name is that of the parish, except that she was believed to be female. This parish and picturesque little village lie in the agricultural area west of Mevagissey. To the east is Heligan House, built in the late 17th century, was the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years. The extensive gardens have recently been restored and are now open to the public.

The villages are the Churchtown, Polmassick, Croswin, Kestle, and Lower Sticker.



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. 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 St Ewe has been in the Registration District of St Austell continuously from 1st July 1837. There were sub-districts at Fowey, Grampound, Mevagissey and St Austell, but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district are: Creed, Fowey, Gorran, Grampound, Mevagissey, Roche, St. Austell, St. Blazey, St. Dennis, St. Ewe, St. Mewan, St. Michael Carhays, St. Sampson, St. Stephen in Brannel, Tywardreath. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: 12 Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4LD. Tel: 01726 68974. Fax: 01726 68974.

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Historical Geography

The Domesday Settlements of Cornwall, a study undertaken by the Cornwall Branch of the Historical Association, has identified and located settlements listed in the Exeter and Exchequer Domesday Survey of AD 1086. The following places have been identified in St Ewe ecclesiastical parish:



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 1176 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 1125 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1663 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1699 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1468 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1544 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1432 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1134 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 996 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 998 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 954 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 921 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 889 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 764 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 668 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 634 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 653 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 410 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 430 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 507 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 461 persons

Religion & Religious Life

In the May of 1641 it was agreed and ordered that every Member of the House of Commons and House of Lords should make a protestation (declaration of loyalty) to the crown. The Protestation was printed and then distributed by the Members to their counties. The Protestation was to be made by everyone and the Rectors, Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor, had to appear before the Justices of the Peace in their Hundred to make their protestation and, on returning to their parishes, any two of them were to witness the taking of the Protestation Oath by all males over the age of 18 years. All names were listed and anyone who refused was to be noted.

The Protestation Returns of 1642 for St Ewe are available on-line.


The parish comprises 5567 acres of land.

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