St Merryn  Cornwall


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described St Merryn like this:

MERRYN (ST.), a parish in St. Columb district, Cornwall; on the coast, 2 miles WSW of Padstow, and 15 WNW of Bodmin-Road r. station. It has a post office under Padstow, Cornwall, and a fair on the Monday before 22 June. Acres, 3,928; of which 130 are water. Real property, £5,012. Pop., 570. ...

Houses, 109. The property is subdivided. Harlyn was, till recently, the seat of the Peter family, and commands a splendid seaview. The surface is exceedingly diversified; and the coast is lined by high rugged cliffs. The rocks are crystalline and schistose, and include veins of lead and antimony. Roofing slate is quarried; and a dark-coloured trap, almost equal to marble, is worked. A small quay, constructed in 1794, is under Catacluse cliff. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £257. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church is ancient and pretty good; was partly rebuilt of Catacluse stone; and contains a curiously carved trap-rock font. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Bible Christians. A church formerly stood near Harlyn, and has left some remains.

St Merryn through time

St Merryn is now part of North Cornwall district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Cornwall has changed over two centuries. For statistics about St Merryn itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of St Merryn in North Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd January 2022

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