The village of Tregrehan Mills lies on the western boundary of Tregrehan estate just off the A390. Its most famous inhabitant was Samuel Drew who was born in 1765. At the age of nine he began work as a ‘buddle boy’ in the local mine, but two years later he was apprenticed as a shoemaker. Entirely self-taught he became famous as a Methodist Preacher, author and philosopher. How famous? Well he was awarded his MA degree by Aberdeen and due to ill health he had to turn down the offer to become Professor of Philosphy at London University. He is one of only three people from St Austell to be included in the ‘Dictionary of National Biography’. He died on 29th March 1833 aged 68 years and was buried in Helston. His epitaph reads:
‘Samuel Drew AM of St Austell, (author of several esteemed metaphysical treatises), who, undaunted, by difficulties, persevered in the pursuit of knowledge, and raised himself from an humble station to literary eminence.’
Tregrehan is now a ‘class’ of Leek Seed St Blazey and work together as ‘brother and sister’!