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The parish of Mawnan, (Cornish: Sen Mownan), is situated in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. It is bounded on the north by Budock, on the east by the sea, and on the south and west by the Helford Creek and Constantine. The origin of the name is, 'church of St Maunan'. Mawnan is a delightful village and parish north of the Helford River. The parish is now known by its modern name of Mawnan Smith, most probably because a smithy used to be in the centre of the village.

The gardens, created at Glendurgan and Trebah by the Quakers Alfred and Charles Fox, are now open to the public.

The villages are Mawnan-Smith, Carlidnack or Carlinack, and Bareppa.



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 Mawnan 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.

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • Population in 1801 - 427 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 497 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 536 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 578 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 582 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 539 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 572 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 573 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 522 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 479 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 510 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 493 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 557 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 624 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 836 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 999 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1175 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1475 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1526 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1454 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1539 persons


The parish comprises 2116 acres of land.

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