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St Mellion

St Mellion, (Cornish: Sen Melyan), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of East. It is bounded on the north by the parishes of Callington and St Dominick, on the east by St Dominick and Pillaton, on the south by Pillaton and Quethiock, and on the west by St Ive. The parish name is taken from from St Melaine, a 6th century bishop of Rennes. There was an episode in his life when he was upset by two British priests who had come to work in Brittany and who tried to introduce their Celtic form of worship.

St Mellion is a small parish immediately south of Callington on the A388. Its only village is the Churchtown.

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)



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 Mellion is in the St Germans Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Antony, St Germans and Saltash but they have now been abolished. Parishes within the district were: Antony, Botusfleming, Landrake, Landulph, Maker, Millbrook, Pillaton, Quethiock, Rame, St. Erney, St. Germans, St. John's, St. Mellion, St. Stephen's, Saltash, Sheviock, Torpoint.

The Superintendant Registrar of St Germans can be contacted at: Ploughastel Drive, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6DL. Tel: 01752 842624.

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.

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 Mellion ecclesiastical parish:


Callington Area Heritage Centre have placed on-line a webpage for the history of St Mellion parish.


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 284 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 326 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 321 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 330 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 395 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 324 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 299 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 303 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 309 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 285 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 298 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 287 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 265 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 215 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 218 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 195 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 180 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 160 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 248 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 377 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 408 persons


The parish comprises 2984 acres of land.

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