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The parish of Mabe, (Cornish: Lannvab), anciently called La Vabe or Lavapper, was situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier; it is now in the Deanery of Carnmarth South. It is bounded on the north by St Gluvias, on the east by St Gluvias and Budock, on the south by Constantine, and on the west by Stithians and St Gluvias. It is immediately south-west of the town of Penryn. The Church, which is separate from the village, was originally dedicated to St Mabon (or Mabe), who is believed to have been one of the 24 children of King Broccan. Local quarries were once a chief source of granite for building projects such as Waterloo Bridge in London.

The chief villages are Burnthouse, Long Downs, and Rocky Town. A portion of the Falmouth reservoirs was in this parish.

Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)


The Cornwall Family History Society have published Monumental Inscriptions for:


Census information for this parish (1841 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members. The Cornwall Family History Society have also published on-line census detail by surname on the FamilyHistoryonLine site.

Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:

Church History

Church Records

Civil Registration

The parish of Mabe is in the Falmouth Registration District and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts at Constantine, Falmouth, Mylor and Penryn. Parishes within the district are: Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St. Gluvias. The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Berkely House, 12-14 Berkeley Vale, Falmouth, TR11 3PH. Tel: 01326 312606.

Description & Travel


OPC Assistance. The On-line Parish Clerk (OPC) scheme operates a service to help family historians; the OPC page for this parish is available on-line, from where the OPC can be contacted by email.

Historical Geography

The Domesday Settlements of Cornwall, a study undertaken by the Cornwall Branch of the Historical Association, has identified and located settlements listed in the Exeter and Exchequer Domesday Survey of AD 1086. The following places have been identified in Mabe ecclesiastical parish:


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Mabe parish was part of the Falmouth Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


  • Population in 1801 - 387 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 396 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 457 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 512 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 594 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 616 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 613 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 714 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 679 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 648 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 590 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 624 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 587 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 635 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 640 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 770 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1059 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1005 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1170 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1276 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 2083 persons


The parish comprises 2552 acres of land.

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