Place:Fowey, Cornwall, England

Alt namesFowydhsource: Wikipedia
Saint Austell with Foweysource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 307
TypeTown, Civil parish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates50.335°N 4.635°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoPowder Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred of which it was part
St. Austell Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1913
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

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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.

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.-- small seaport, market town, and par. with ry. sta., E. Cornwall, near mouth of river Fowey, 11 miles S. of Bodmin, 1945 ac., pop. 1656; [post office, telegraph office], 2 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. The principal Industry is the pilchard fishery, which is very important Fowey at one time ranked among the principal seaports in England, and sent ships to the crusades and to the blockade of Calais. It has a deep and commodious harbour, well sheltered by cliffs; 180 yards W. of Whitehouse Point is a fixed light seen 5 miles. Iron ore and "China Stone" are exported.


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.

Fowey is bounded by the civil parishes of Lanteglos on the east, by St. Sampson on the north and by Tywardreath on the west and north. In 1934 it absorbed a considerble part of Tywardreath parish.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Fowey. Especially the section "History".

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