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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. 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 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.

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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 St Mabyn ecclesiastical parish:



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

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.


  • 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.

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