St Ewe

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St Ewe
All Saints church, St Ewe (geograph 3234464).jpg
All Saints' Church
St Ewe is located in Cornwall
St Ewe
St Ewe
St Ewe shown within Cornwall
Population 568 (2011 census)
OS grid reference SW978461
Civil parish
  • St Ewe
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ST AUSTELL
Postcode district PL26
Dialling code 01726
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
CornwallCoordinates: 50°16′48″N 4°50′20″W / 50.280°N 4.839°W / 50.280; -4.839
St Ewe Cross

St Ewe (Cornish: Lannewa) is a civil parish and village in mid-Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated approximately five miles (8 km) southwest of St Austell.[1]


Evidence of early medieval habitation is in the form of a roadside Celtic cross that once stood near Nunnery Hill (Charles Henderson in 1925 refers to it being at Lanhadron). However, the crosshead and shaft were thrown down in 1873 by a farmer looking for buried treasure, and both pieces were afterwards lost. The base has survived in situ with an inscription in insular script, unreadable except for the word crucem; Elisabeth Okasha dates the construction of this monument between the ninth and eleventh centuries.[2]

There is another cross at Corran, about half a mile east of the churchtown.[3]


The parish church is dedicated to St Ewe, a female saint of whom very little is known.[4] The church was originally a Norman cruciform building: the tower and spire were added in the 14th century and the south aisle in the 15th. There is a Norman font and a fine 15th-century rood screen.[5] The small manor of Lanewa was for a long time linked to the advowson of the church; it was probably the secular successor to a Celtic monastery.[6]

At Tucoyse was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel, and there were formerly Bible Christian chapels at Polmassick, Paramore, Kestle and Lower Sticker.[7]


The Heligan estate is located at the eastern edge of the parish of St Ewe, overlooking the small port of Mevagissey. The long-term home of the Tremayne family, the estate is now best known as the location of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a recently restored Victorian garden.[8]


St Ewe was surveyed for the Survey of English Dialects.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ See the discussion and bibliography in Elisabeth Okasha, Corpus of early Christian inscribed stones of South-west Britain (Leicester: University Press, 1993), pp. 129-132
  3. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 80-81
  4. ^ Doble, G. H. (1970) The Saints of Cornwall: part 5. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 30-32
  5. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 94
  6. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 94
  7. ^ "St Ewe; church history". GenUKI. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Smit, Tim (1999). The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Victor Gollancz. ISBN 0-575-06765-9. 

External links[edit]

The St Ewe Parish Website: