St Eval

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For the airbase, see RAF St Eval.
St Eval
Cornish: S. Uvel
St eval church.jpg
St Eval church
St Eval is located in Cornwall
St Eval
St Eval
 St Eval shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SW883685
Civil parish St Eval
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PL27
Dialling code 01841
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Cornwall
List of places

Coordinates: 50°28′41″N 4°59′02″W / 50.478°N 4.984°W / 50.478; -4.984

St Eval (Cornish: S. Uvel)[1] is a civil parish and hamlet in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The hamlet is about four miles (6.5 km) southwest of Padstow.[2] The parish population at the 2011 census was 960.[3]

Much of the village land was acquired by compulsory purchase in 1938 to build an RAF Coastal Command Station, RAF St Eval. Many buildings were demolished leaving only the Norman church, the Vicarage, and Trevisker Farm. These buildings were effectively surrounded by RAF activity, and during World War II were taken over for RAF use, with the church tower used as an observation post and navigation mark.

St Eval church has been Incorporated into the combined benefice of St Mawgan, St Ervan and St Eval.

Prehistoric settlement at Trevisker round[edit]

In 1955 and 1956 excavations were carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Works on the site currently occupied by Trevisker School and playground. The Excavation found evidence of a Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement. From the pottery found at Trevisker round at St. Eval it was possible to distinguish several stages of occupation. This was the first Bronze Age site of this kind in the UK. This type of Bronze Age pottery is known as Trevisker ware.[4]

Notable parishioners[edit]

  • Nick Darke, playwright and journalist
  • George Hawke, pioneer emigrant to Australia.[5] whose diary was published as a book called Road to Byng by Yvonne McBurney, (1982) ISBN 0-908053-18-5
  • The poet and author John Pudney served at RAF St Eval and wrote some of his best poems there.


  1. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel. Cornish Language Partnership.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fire-cracked stones and ceramic production". Saveock Water Archaeology. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Byng History One". Cornish Association of New South Wales. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 

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