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The parish of Mawgan-in-Meneage, (Cornish: Sen Mowgan), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier, and is so denominated to distinguish it from Mawgan in Pydar Hundred. It is bounded on the north by Wendron and the Helford estuary which separates it from Constantine, on the east by St Martin-in-Meneage, on the south by Cury and on the west by Gunwalloe.

St Meugan was venerated in south-west Wales and also in Brittany, where he was known as Maugan or Mogan. Meneage is believed to be a derivation of 'monk'. Mawgan is an Attractive village in south-west Cornwall between the Helford River and Gunwalloe. There are memorials in the church to the influential Vyvyan family.

Three noble Cornish families, the Roskymers, Carminowes, and Vyvyans, were once settled in this parish. Only the latter remains (1894). Their seat is a fine old castellated building with a chapel, called Trelowarren. The family of Vyvyan dates from the time of Edward VI. In the civil wars they attached themselves with the most devoted loyalty to the royal cause, and suffered severely from the Parliamentary forces. In testimony to the eminent services of Sir Rd. Vyvyan, then the head of the family, there hangs in there house a large painting, by Vandyke, of King Charles I on horseback, presented to the family by Charles II. Another Sir Richard Vyvyan, a lineal descendent of this brave old cavalier, was imprisoned in the tower by George I, on suspicion of being concerned in favouring the design of the Pretender. Still another Sir Richard Vyvyan died at Trelowarren on August 15th, 1879. He was a Tory of the old school, and represented Bristol in Parliament after the passage of the Reform Bill in 1832 until the dissolution of 1837. In 1841 he was returned as Member for Helston, which borough he continued to represent up to 1857, when he finally retired from public life. (The Vyvyans still live at Trelowarren at the beginning of the 21st century). At Mawgan Cross, in this parish, is a very old stone, with an inscription in Cornish, which has been thus interpreted "What lieth here is not the soul.

At Gear, Gweek Wood and Carvallock, are remains of extensive earthworks. On Goonhilly Downs, which extends into this parish, are many barrows, in which have been found coins and weapons of war. A "fogou" or cave exists at Trelowarren near the entrance to an ancient entrenchment, the remains of which can still be traced. This parish was well wooded, and the walks and drives along and about the Helford River are scarely to be equalled for variety and picturesque beauty in the county. Numerous Roman coins have from time to time been found in this parish."

The Churchtown is the chief village of the parish.


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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:

The OPC will undertake look-ups for this parish.

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

The parish of Mawgan-in-Meneage was originally in the Helston Registration District; there were sub-districts at Breage, Crowan, Helston, St Keverne and Wendron. It is now in the Kerrier Registration District. Parishes in this registration district are: Breage, Crowan, Cury, Germoe, Gunwalloe, Grade, Helston, Landewednack, Manaccan, Mawgan in Meneage, Mullion, Ruan Major, Ruan Minor, St. Anthony in Meneage, St. Keverne, St. Martin in Meneage, Sithney, Wendron.

The address of the Registration Office is: The Willows, Church Street, Helston, TR13 8NJ.
Tel: 01326 562848.

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Description & Travel

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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 Mawgan-in-Meneage ecclesiastical parish:

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Apprenticeship Indentures for Mawgan-in-Meneage (1772 - 1835) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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  • Population in 1801 - 785 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 800 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 1050 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 1094 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 1084 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 1010 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 895 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 853 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 861 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 752 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 713 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 690 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 720 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 633 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 2042 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1644 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1467 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1845 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1565 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1117 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1110 persons

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The parish comprises 5453 acres of land.

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