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Situated on the South Cornish coast is Mevagissey. This quaint Cornish town used to be so important to the fishing industry that it used to be known as 'Fishygissey' 50 or 60 years ago. Nowadays it is a beautiful place to wander around, or just sit and watch the activities in the harbour. Anyone who visits Mevagissey cannot but wonder at its narrow streets and passages. Its cottages perched at crazy angles, remain as relics of the days when pilchard-seine fishing and smuggling were its main activities. Nowadays it is the tourist who pack into the small town, to browse through the quaint and curious shops, or just to sit by the harbourside, watching the pleasure boats and fishing craft go about their business.

The parish church, St Peter's, id dedicated to Saints Mewa and Issey, from whence the name of Mevagissey is derived. A Celtic 'Lan' (a monastic enclosure) was established here about 550, when the monk Moroch built a wattle oratory and cell, which was later succeeded by a wooden building. The first church of stone was erected about 950. This Saxon building was rebuilt about 1100 under the Norman Bishop of Exeter. It was rebuilt again in1259, added to in about 1450, and the final restoration was in 1887.

My first recollection of Mevagissey was in about 1949, when the port was still heavily involved in fishing. Even as a toddler, I remember sitting on a bench, on the quayside, eating a Walls' Ice Cream (they used to be wrapped in a greasproof paper, with blue printing!!), looking out into the inner harbour, where my elder brothers used to swim during the War, when they lived here. The bench has gone, and the stone wall behind it, replaced by a 'modern' shop of some sort. But the memories remain.

  • Last visit to Mevagissey: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Geoff, lovely little page with interesting updates about "'Fishygissey" here. Although I once explored Cornwall extensively, I missed this picturesque little town.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    this is off the beaten path destination. i can imagine good shopping for local things though.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2005 at 9:47 PM

    Looks nice. Another one I would have liked to visit.

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2004 at 10:59 AM

    A lovely place, as for the rubbish on the beach, it seems to be a sign of the times that such lazy people cant be bothered to clean up after themselves.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2004 at 4:48 AM

    Hey Geoff. Gorgeous pix! You certainly live in a lovely place. Cheers, Ann :o)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2004 at 4:34 PM

    Geoff, a super page on this hidden delight! There seem to be so many tourist delights along the coast of Cornwall that it would take a lifetime to enjoy them all !!

  • catkin's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2004 at 2:23 AM

    It looks just like I remember it from my childhood holidays!

  • worldkiwi's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2003 at 1:05 AM

    This was my first Cornish walled harbour town experience. Your photos bring back good memories.


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