Mylor, Cornwall

Mylor is a village surrounded by trees at the head of the Mylor Creek, one of the many arms of the Carrick Road, the deep water anchorage round Falmouth that have made the area so popular..

Mylor parish church of St Melanus contains the graves of many of the skippers of the packet boats that sailed the world delivering mail to the colonies. In 1869 the church was in a very dilapidated condition and was taken down for restoration. It was found to have three phases of development: Norman (1130-50); about AD 1400 the church was enlarged and partially reconstructed; and again in the early 16th century enlarged in the Perpendicular style. During the 19th century renovations, a granite post, which had been used as a flying buttress against the south wall, had to be removed. It was found to be a cross over 17 feet in length. Local tradition believes it originally was the marker of St Mylor's grave. It has now been re-erected in the churchyard.

Mylor ha a scenic churchyard that contains many amusing inscriptions on the tombstones. Restronguet Passage and Restronguet Weir can be reached from Mylor

The training ship HMS Ganges was moored at Mylor for 33 years. Life was harsh for the boy recruits. When the ship departed 54 boys and 9 of her ships company remained behind forever. They had all died during the years that the ship was here and most of them were buried in the graveyard attached to the church, which was adjacent to the dockyard. HMS Ganges continued as a training function for many years in other locations, but the navy no longer trains in this way.

Mylor, Cornwall, Pandora Inn

The picturesque Restronguet Creek with its Pandora Inn is north-east of Mylor Bridge. The Inn was once owned by Captain Edwards who brought the Bounty mutineers to justice. Parts of the building date back to the 13th Century when there was a farm on the site. The building later became known as the Passage House. In 1791 the ferry sank and Miss Pellow of Penryn and several others were drowned, and the inn changed its name – this time to the Ship. The inn was re-named in memory of the Pandora, the naval ship sent to Tahiti to capture the mutineers of Captain Bligh’s Bounty. Unfortunately the Pandora struck a remote part of the Great Barrier Reef in 1791 and sank with the loss of many crew and mutineers. The captain, Captain Edwards, was court-martialed on his return to Cornwall where he is reputed to have bought this inn.

There is Mylor sailing school.

Mylor, Cornwall, Genealogical information from Genuki

The Book of Mylor: A Cornish Creekside Village & Harbour Mylor Local History Group


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