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St Mewan, (Cornish: Sen Mewen), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It is bounded on the north and east by St Austell, on the south by St Ewe, and on the west by St Stephen-in-Brannel. This parish is on the western boundary of the town of St Austell; it is a parish composed of villages and detached residences on the high road to Truro. It is named after St Mewan, the Celtic saint who founded a monastery in Brittany (now St Meen). He is believed to have been an aristocrat of south-east Wales and related to St Samson.

The pricipal villages are: Sticker, Polgooth and Trewoon.


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for the Parish Church - 661 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 Mewan 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.

Description & Travel


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 Mewan ecclesiastical parish:


Names, Personal

The webpages of some St Mewan families. which are being researched are detailed on-line.


St. Mewan Parish News, from the West Briton newspaper, is available on-line.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

St Mewan parish was part of the St Austell Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 780 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 626 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1174 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1306 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1146 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1234 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 1227 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 1078 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1018 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1018 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1092 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1158 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1327 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1337 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1442 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1460 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1507 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 2527 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 2955 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 3071 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 3402 persons


This parish comprises 2600 acres of land.

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