St Mellion

Coordinates: 50°28′01″N 4°16′19″W / 50.467°N 4.272°W / 50.467; -4.272
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St Mellion
St Melanus' church tower
St Mellion is located in Cornwall
St Mellion
St Mellion
Location within Cornwall
Population383 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSX3865
Civil parish
  • St Mellion
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSaltash
Postcode districtPL12
Dialling code01579
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
WebsiteSt Mellion Parish Council
List of places
50°28′01″N 4°16′19″W / 50.467°N 4.272°W / 50.467; -4.272

St Mellion (Cornish: Sen Melyan) is a village and rural civil parish in east Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The parish is about 3 miles (5 km) south of Callington and is in the St Germans Registration District. To the north, the parish is bordered by Callington and St Dominick parishes, to the east and south by Pillaton parish, and to the west by St Ive parish.

The population in the 2001 Census was 377.[citation needed] The 2011 Census recorded that this had increased to 383.[1]

The parish name is taken from St Melaine, a 6th-century bishop of Rennes, Brittany.

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of St Melanus is in the village of St Mellion (the largest settlement in the parish) at OS Grid Ref SX388655. The older part of the church is the south side which was built in the 14th century whereas the north side is of the late 15th century and was built of granite. There is a series of monuments to the Corytons: these include a brass to Peter Coryton and his wife and 24 children, 1552,[2] and two elaborate sculptural compositions to William Coryton, 1651, and Sir William, 1711, both in a style characteristic of the early 17th century.[3]

Notable sites[edit]

St Mellion is also the location of Pentillie, a 17th-century castle and estate which has been the seat of the Coryton family since 1698. They had previously had an estate at West Newton Ferrers, also in St Mellion. The manor of Newton Ferrers (Niuuetona, Niweton, Niwetone) is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.[4] Part of the manor was held by Reginald from Robert, Count of Mortain. There was half a hide of land and land for six ploughs. There were two ploughs, three serfs, three villeins, 12 smallholders, 12 acres of pasture, five cattle, 40 sheep and 10 goats. The value of this part was £1 though it had formerly been worth £1 10s.[5]

The other part of the manor was also held by Reginald from Robert, Count of Mortain. There was one hide of land and land for eight ploughs. There were 10 villeins and 20 smallholders with one plough, three serfs, half a league of pasture, woodland two leagues long and one furlong wide. The value of this part was £1 10s. though it had formerly been worth £2.[6]

The present house was built about 1686–95 (these dates being on the gatepiers) for Sir William Coryton. It is a plain granite mansion of two storeys: the centre is of seven bays and there are two projecting wings of two bays each. It is the earliest Cornish mansion in the classical style (i.e. with no Tudor survivals). Two thirds of the house were gutted by fire in 1940; of this some has been rebuilt while the rest remains as a ruin.[7] The St Mellion golf course is also in the parish.

Crocadon Quarry, 200 metres east of St Mellion village, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its geology.[8]


The Coryton Arms in St Mellion
  1. ^ "Area: St. Mellion (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  2. ^ Dunkin 1882[page needed]
  3. ^ Pevsner & Radcliffe 1970, p. 190.
  4. ^ "St Mellion". GENUKI. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  5. ^ Thorn & Thorn 1979, 5,2,24.
  6. ^ Thorn & Thorn 1979, 5,2,28.
  7. ^ Pevsner & Radcliffe 1970, p. 127.
  8. ^ "Crocadon Quarry" (PDF). Natural England. 1998. Retrieved 26 October 2011.


External links[edit]

Media related to St Mellion at Wikimedia Commons