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The parish of Mullion, (Cornish: Eglosvelyan), is situated in the Meneage district, and is in the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. It is bounded on the north by Cury, on the east by Ruan Major and a detached part of Grade, on the south by Landwednack and the sea, and on the west by the sea and Gunwalloe. The parish takes its name from St Melan. It is located on the west coast of the Lizard peninsula. This part of the coast has witnessed many shipwrecks and often vessels have sought shelter in Mullion Roads and Porthleven Bay. The rocky coast of Mullion extends from Gunwalloe to Landewednack. Before the lighthouse on the Wolf Rock was erected, in 1871, this coast was the scene of many shipwrecks. In 1873 the Vicar wrote, "In six years and a quarter there have been nine wrecks, with a loss of 69 lives, under Mullion Cliffs, on a bit of coast line not more than a mile and a half in length." The frequency of these occurrences added not a little to the smuggling that was formerly carried on to a great extent on every part of the western coast of Cornwall.

The villages are the Churchtown (now just called Mullion), Predannick, Trewoon, and Meaver. The Marconi Wireless Telegraphy Station at Poldhu received the first morse telegraph signal across the Atlantic on 12 December 1901. Mullion is today a thriving village with many shops, several hotels and guest houses.


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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:

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Church History

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Church Records

Civil Registration

The parish of Mullion 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 1087. The following places have been identified in Mullion ecclesiastical parish:

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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  • Population in 1801 - 529 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 571 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 692 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 733 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 808 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 795 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 679 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 695 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 607 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 666 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 673 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 732 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 954 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 954 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 1154 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 1166 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 1346 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 2000 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 2055 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1986 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 2114 persons

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Probate Records

Wills & Admons for Mullion 1660-1773 are available on-line.

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The Mullion Old Cornwall Society News Page is on-line.

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The parish comprised 5007 acres of land, 8 acres of water and 55 acres of foreshore.

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