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" This little Harbour has a History"

Malcolm Chant

Joined September 2008

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“Mevagissey is a traditional Cornish fishing village located on the South Coast of Cornwall in the area known as the Cornish Riviera.

Mevagissey (or Meva as it is known as locally), was originally known as Porthhilly. Towards the end of the 15th Century the hamlets of Porthhilly and Lamoreck merged together to form Mevagissey. The name is derived from two 6th century Irish saints, Meva and Issey, in Cornish this would be ‘Meva hag Issey’, hence the ‘g’ in the name. The village church of St Peter was once dedicated to the saints.

Mevagissey is a working fishing village with an inner and outer harbour, complete with a fleet of small fishing boats. During the 17th century the fishermen used to make their living from pilchards and smuggling. Many of the buildings around the harbour were connected with the sea, ranging from boat builders, coopers, fish merchants and warehouses.

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