Thursday, 15 August 2019
An Introduction to Mevagissey, Cornwall The Two Saint Village
It was a bit of a moody day, the sun couldn't make up its mind whether to be friendly or not, so we headed to Mevagissey - as we often do when in doubt. There's always something of interest to see.
The name Mevagissey is made up from the names of two saints: St. Meva and St. Issey - the 'g' in the middle is taken from the word 'hag' which is the Cornish word for 'and'.
In the Cornish language the name is Lannvorek.
The first mention of Mevagissey was in 1313 but there is evidence of a settlement being here in the Bronze age.
Mevagissey has an inner and an outer harbour and is famed for its fishing. Back in 1886 it landed 250,000 hundredweight of fish, the highest quantity of any port in western England.
There is still fishing today. My wife occasionally buys freshly caught fish from a small stall on the harbour. I'm vegetarian but she enjoys her fish meals, especially the mackerel.
Nowadays Mevagissey is very much a tourist attraction. The harbour and the narrow streets throng with people in the summer season. You can park on the harbour - at a price, of course, but the spots soon fill up. As do the main car parks situated at the beginning of the village.
Needless to say Cornish pasties are available! As is Cornish ice cream, plus there are pubs, fish and chip shops, restaurants and so on.
I'll have more photos of Mevagissey on my next post.
Brrrrr! It was freezing at Pentewan, even if there were shades of blue in the sky. As I returned home I wondered if there was any colour...