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St Issey, (Cornish: Egloskrug), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Pydar. It is bounded on the north by the River Camel which separates it from the parishes of Padstow and St Minver, on the east by St Breock, on the south by St Wenn and St Columb Major, and on the west by Little Petherick. The parish was founded by St Yse, who according to legend was one of the 24 children of the Welsh King Broccan of Breconshire. The parish is situated just south of Padstow and on the old Saints' Way from that parish to Fowey on the south coast The smaller parish of Little Petherick is on the western boundary. Both parishes are served by the same council. While mining in the area has ceased, quarrying for decorative stone is still important. Other main industries are farming and tourism. In the 18th and 19th centuries sea walls were constructed which harnessed the power of the tides to run a grist mill at Sea Mills. The remains of the walls may still be seen today.

Villages in the parish are the Churchtown, Tredinnick, Trenance and Trevance. In 1934 the civil parish of Little Petherick was added into St Issey.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 461 entries.


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 Issey was originally in the St Columb Registration District. There were sub-districts at Newlyn, Padstow and St Columb Major, but these have now been abolished. It is now in the Bodmin Registration District. Parishes within the old St Columb district were: Colan, Crantock, Cubert, Little Petherick, Mawgan-in-Pydar, Newlyn, Newquay, Padstow, St. Breock, St. Columb Major, St. Columb Minor, St. Enoder, St. Ervan, St. Eval, St. Issey, St. Merryn, St. Wenn.

The Superintendant Registrar of Bodmin can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

St Issey parish was part of the St Columb Major Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


Little Petherick was added in 1934 for civil purposes; therefore the population figures of that parish have been added from 1951.

  • Population in 1801 - 522 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 632 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 660 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 720 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 748 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 794 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 756 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 724 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 677 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 557 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 463 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 411 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 444 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 433 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 653 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 601 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 599 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 645 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 765 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 881 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 940 persons


The parish comprises 5724 acres of land.

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