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The parish of St Merryn, (Cornish: Sen Meryn), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Pydar. It is bounded on the north by the sea and Padstow, on the east by Padstow and St Ervan, on the south by St Eval, and on the west by the sea. There is some doubt over the identity of the saint who gave his or her name to this parish. Could be St Marina, an early saint of Asia Minor, or more likely the Celtic saint St Merin. The small village and parish lie immediately west to the parish of Padstow. In 1847 a lighthouse was built on Trevose headland. At Harlyn Bay 130 Iron Age graves were discovered in 1900; they are believed to have been a small dark-haired people who were the original inhabitants of Cornwall.

In World War II, the Royal Navy had an Air Station at St Merryn, which became HMS Vulture. The chief villages are the Churchtown, Trevarre, Trevarrick, Towan, and the Cottages.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 1110 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 Merryn 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.


  • Population in 1801 - 425 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 458 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 537 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 576 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 593 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 591 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 570 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 566 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 545 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 489 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 476 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 464 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 542 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 508 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1962 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1107 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1138 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1120 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1390 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1608 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1692 persons


The parish comprises 3946 acres of land, 2 acres of tidal water and 217 acres of foreshore.

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