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St Mabyn

The parish of St Mabyn, (Cornish: Sen Mabon), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Minor and Hundred of Trigg. It is bounded on the north by St Tudy, on the east by Blisland and Helland, on the south by Egloshayle, and on the west by St Kew. According to legend St Mabon, after whom the parish is named, was one of the 24 children of King Broccan.

At Dinham's Bridge, there is an arched bridge over the River Laine, which separates this parish from St Kew. This river rises in the neighbourhood of Camelford; it runs parallel with the Camel, to which it is a tributary, for several miles before falling into that river in Egloshayle parish.

The parish and village of St Mabyn are about 3 miles east of Wadebridge, south of the A39. There are no other villages in the parish, but there are many small manor houses, including Tregarden, Tredethy, Helligan and Colquite, all built in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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 the Parish Church - 252 entries.


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.
Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the St Mabyn area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SX0473 and is dedicated to St Mabyn. It comprises a chancel, nave, and north and south aisles. The arcades each comprise seven four-centred arches of granite, supported on monolith granite pillars with sculptured capitals of St Stephens porcelain stone. There is a south porch, a north door, and a priest's door. The tower, which is 75 feet in height, has three stages. It has a parapet and pinnacles.
  • Non-Conformist. There was a chapel belonging to the Methodist Free Church in the Churchtown, which had a graveyard. The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel at Longstone.

Church Records

  • LDS Church Records.
    • The LDS Church batch numbers for St Mabyn are: C002056, M002951, P002051. These are searchable by surname.
    • The IGI coverage of this parish is 1562 - 1812.
  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1562 - 1846, Burials 1537 - 1890, Marriages 1562 - 1983, Boyd's Marriage Index 1562 - 1812, Pallot's Marriage Index 1790 - 1812.
  • The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
    • Pre 1813 Marriages
    • 1813-37 Marriages
    • 1813-37 Burials
  • Baptisms.
    • Baptisms 1813 to 1911 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • The Cornish Forefathers' Society have published on CD, baptisms 1717 to 1844 for this parish which can be purchased on Parish Chest..
    • Baptisms of St Mabyn 1717 to 1824 are available on fiche from the Cornish Forefathers' Society which can be purchased on Parish Chest.
  • Marriages.
  • Burials.
    • Burials 1813 to 1911 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Burials 1813 to 1837, which is available in Book format.

Civil Registration

The parish of St Mabyn is in the Bodmin Registration District, and has been since 1st July 1837; there were sub-districts are Bodmin, Egloshayle, Lanlivery and St Mabyn but these have now been abolished. Parishes within the district were: Blisland, Bodmin, Bodmin Borough, Cardinham, Egloshayle, Endellion, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanviet, Lanlivery, Lostwithiel, Luxulion, St. Kew, St. Mabyn, St. Minver Highlands, St. Minver Lowlands, St. Tudy, St. Winnow, Temple, Wadebridge, Warleggon, Withiel.

The Superintendant Registrar can be contacted at: Lyndhurst, 66 Nicholas Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 2AG. Tel: 01208 73677.

Description and Travel

  • ePodunk's Cornwall page - providing general, plus some historical and genealogical information, about Cornwall and its parishes, together with links (mainly relating to general sites and services, rather than ones that are specific to Cornwall or particular parishes).
  • Pictures of St Mabyn are available on-line.
  • Further information and photographs on St Mabyn's people and village, past and present, are also available on-line.
You can see pictures of St Mabyn which are provided by:


  • 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.
  • Susan Old is undertaking the reconstruction of parishes in the Hundred of Pydar.
  • Mailing Lists. There is a mailing list for anyone with a genealogical and or historical interest in Bodmin Moor and its surrounding villages. Villages covered are: Advent (Tresinney), Alternun, Blisland, Bodmin, Boventor, Camelford (Lanteglos), Cardinham, Davidstow, Egloshayle, Helland, Laneast, Lanteglos by Camelford, Launceston, Lewannick, Liskeard, Michaelstow, North Hill, St Breward, St Breock, St Cleer, St Clether, St Mabyn, St Neot, St Tudy, Temple, Tresinney, Trewen, Wadebridge (Egloshayle & St Breock), and Warleggan. This list is in support of the OnLine Parish Clerk system. You can also subscribe to the ENG-CON-BODMINMOOR-L for the List version, or ENG-CON-BODMINMOOR-D (digest) for the Digest version.

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 St Mabyn ecclesiastical parish:

You can see the administrative areas in which St Mabyn has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX040730 (Lat/Lon: 50.523812, -4.766588), St Mabyn which are provided by:


Apprenticeship Indentures for St Mabyn (1667 - 1824) can be found in the Cornwall Record Office.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • St Mabyn parish was part of the Bodmin Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
  • Overseers' Accounts (1672 to 1810), Settlement Papers (1675 to 1842) and Bastardy Bonds (1624 to 1825) are available in the Cornwall Record Office.


  • Population in 1801 - 475 persons
  • Population in 1811 - 560 persons
  • Population in 1821 - 715 persons
  • Population in 1831 - 793 persons
  • Population in 1841 - 870 persons
  • Population in 1851 - 772 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 714 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 765 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 694 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 628 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 588 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 522 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 559 persons
  • Population in 1931 - 531 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 488 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 510 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 475 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 595 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 588 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 560 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 628 persons


The school log book from 1871 records all the admissions, absences, and details of all aspects of the day to day running of the school. Extracts from this log book, together with past photographs of the school, are available on-line.


The parish comprises 4088 acres of land and 13 acres of water.