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Mount Hawke

Mount Hawke, (Cornish: Menydhhok), is in the Deanery and Hundred of Powder. It lies to the south of St Agnes and just inland from the sea; it is believed to be named after a family of ropemakers called Hawke. A document dated 1820 related to land for building a Methodist Meeting House 'at a place called Mount Hawke'. The parish containing the village was created from the south-west part of the parish of St Agnes and a small part of the civil parish of Illogan in 1847. Since 1965 many bungalows have been built and the population has trebled. A new school was built in 1980 to replace the first one built in 1870.



Census information for this parish (1851 - 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 Mount Hawke has been in the Truro Registration District since its creation. There were sub-districts at Kea, Kenwyn, Probus, St. Agnes, St. Clement and St Just-in-Roseland, but these have now been abolished. Parishes in this registration district are: Cornelly, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Lamorran, Merther, Perranzabuloe, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St. Agnes, St. Allen, St. Anthony in Roseland, St. Clement, St. Erme, St. Feock, St. Just in Roseland, St. Michael Penkevil, Tregavethan, Tregony St. James, Truro St. Mary, Veryan.

The address of the Superintendant Registrar is: Dalvenie House, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.
Tel: 01872 322241.

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Mount Hawke parish was originally part of St Agnes. When it was created it became part of the Truro Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.


Up to 1971, population figures of St Agnes include Mount Hawke and Mithian; from 1981, the figures for Mount Hawke were counted as part of St Agnes. The following figures apply only to Mount Hawke.

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)
  • Population in 1851 - 2153 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 2226 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 500 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 1261 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 1339 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 1298 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 1228 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 1160 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 1105 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1316 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 520 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 600 persons


The ecclesiastical parish comprises 3500 acres.

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