Fowey is a small town, civil parish and cargo port at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. At the time of the 2001 census, it had a population of 2,273.This had increased slightly at the 2011 census to 2,395 The Fowey electoral ward had a population of 4,690 in 2011.
Nineteenth Century Description
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Fowey from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:
Fowey elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons until the Reform Act 1832 stripped it of its representation as a rotten borough, it having lost its borough corporation a few years before. It was part of St. Austell Poor Law Union and Registration District until 1894, then part of St. Austell Rural District from 1894 until 1913. In 1913 it was restored as a municipal borough. In 1968 it was merged with the town of St. Austell to form the borough of St Austell with Fowey. This was itself in 1974 replaced with the Restormel Borough, which was replaced by Cornwall Council (a unitary authority) in 2009.
In local government terms, Fowey is now (post-2009) a civil parish with a town council and a mayor. Local government responsibilities are shared by the town council and Cornwall Council. Besides the town of Fowey itself, the parish includes the coastal area between the mouth of the River Fowey and St Austell Bay, including Gribben Head and the small settlements of Menabilly, Polkerris, Polmear and Readymoney.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Fowey. Especially the section "History".
One of the many maps available on A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Cornwall at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets.
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