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.

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)





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:

  • 1841. The 1841 Census of Mullion (HO107/138), Enumeration Districts 10 and 11, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1851.
    • The 1851 Census of Mullion (HO107/1913), Enumeration District 5, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
    • The New Zealand Society of Genealogists have compiled separate surname indexes of the 1851 Census for each Cornish registration district; Mullion is listed in Volume 32. The booklets are available in Cornwall at the Cornwall Centre, (formerly known as the Cornish Studies Library), and is also available in the Cornwall FHS Library.
  • 1861. The 1861 Census of Mullion (RG9/1573), Enumeration District 10, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1871. The 1871 Census of Mullion (RG10/2306), Enumeration District 10, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1881. The 1881 Census of Mullion, (RG11/2325), Enumeration District 3, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.
  • 1891. The 1891 Census of Mullion (RG12/1841), Enumeration District 10, is available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.

Church History

  • Anglican. The parish church is located in OS Grid Square SW6719. It is dedicated to St Melanus. According to an inscription on the cornice, the chancel was rebuilt by Robert Luddra in 1500, so the church must be much older. It comprises a chancel, nave, and north and south aisles. The arcades each comprise seven four-centred arches - one less than ordinary being each end towards the chancel; all are of fine granite. There is a south porch, a north door and a blocked priest's door. The tower is built of granite and serpentine mixed; it has two stages, is un-buttressed and is finished with pinnacles and a pyramidal roof; it contains four bells.
    The parish church was restored in 1870, and the roof was rebuilt in 1987/88. It contains some admirably carved benches of 15th century date in good preservation, together with some few remains of a much earlier date.
  • Roman Catholics. The most southerly part of Cornwall comprising Helston and the Lizard Peninsula had no Catholic church until the 1920s. In fact it wasn't until 1925 that a tiny Church was built on private ground, owned by a parishioner, at Mullion. Prior to the laying of the foundation stone, in January 1925 Mass was celebrated at Kenabos, the home of Miss M. Balfour. Father Dobbeliers, from Belgium, was the priest in charge of the widespread parish of Mullion, the Lizard and Ruan Minor. On June 25th 1924 a tent was erected on the spot where the Church now stands and was celebrated there every Sunday for the next three months. On September 25th 1924 the tent was moved closer to the bungalow but was destroyed by fire on October 1st 1924.
    On April 5th 1925 the Church was opened, solemnly blessed, and the first Mass celebrated. Ten years later an extra wing was added to the Church, it included the Lady Chapel and the little tower. The Sacred Heart Chapel was added in the 1950s. Much of the Church furniture was purchased in Belgium in 1924 so the interior has a "continental" flavour particularly emphasised by the paintings from the St. Croix Studio, Bruges.
  • Non-Conformist. There is a Methodist Circuit for Mullion. In the churchtown were chapels for the Wesleyan Methodists, and the United Methodist Free Church; the last-named also had a chapel on Predannick Downs.

Church Records

  • LDS Church Records.
    • The LDS Church batch numbers for Mullion are: C021911/2, M021913. These are searchable by surname.
    • The IGI coverage of this parish is 1598 - 1875.
  • The Cornwall Record Office holdings: Baptisms 1598 - 1981, Burials 1598 - 1981, Marriages 1621 - 1965, Boyd's Marriage Index 1610 - 1673, BTs 1610 - 1673.
  • The Cornwall Family History Society have published on-line transcripts of:
    • 1813-37 Marriages
    • 1813-37 Burials
  • Baptisms
    • Baptisms 1696 to 1912 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
    • The OPC of Breage has transcribed Breage Circuit: Bible Christian Births & Baptisms 1821 to 1837. Parishes mentioned include: Breage, Crowan, Gwinear, Helston, Mullion, Porthleven, St Anthony, St Hilary, St Keverne, Sithney and Wendron. These can be searched on-line.
    • The Cornish Forefathers' Society have published on CD, baptisms 1696 to 1840 for this parish which can be purchased on Parish Chest
  • Marriages.
    • The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Marriages 1610 to 1837, which is available in Book, CD or downloadable .pdf file formats.
    • Marriages 1650 to 1901 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).
  • Burials.
    • The Cornwall Family History Society have published transcripts of: Parish Burials 1813 to 1837, which is available in Book format.
    • Burials 1650 to 1901 for this parish are available on-line through the OPC Search Facility - (C-PROP).

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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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"MULLION, a parish in the W. division of the hundred of Kerrier, county Cornwall, 7 miles S.W. of Helston, its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the coast of Mount's Bay, in the English Channel, and opposite Mullion Island or Gull Rock. It is approached by a small cove, convenient for fishing, and is a coastguard station. The parish also contains part of Kynance Cove. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture and in the fisheries. The soil is of loamy nature, with a subsoil of rock. About 2 miles from the village are the Soap Rocks, producing the celebrated steatite formerly in great repute with the manufacturers of china. The living is a vicarage' in the diocese of Exeter, value £178, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Melan, is a commodious and ancient stone structure, with a lofty square embattled and pinnacled tower, containing four bells. The interior contains an antique font and several monuments. There is an endowed school for both sexes, also a Sunday-school held at the Church school-room. The Wesleyans and Association Methodists have each a place of worship."



  • 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.
  • Strays. Persons living in a parish but born elsewhere are known as "Strays". Strays found in Mullion in the 1861 Census are available on-line.

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:

You can see the administrative areas in which Mullion 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 SW678191 (Lat/Lon: 50.027069, -5.24327), Mullion which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Mullion parish was part of the Helston Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief.
  • Overseers' Accounts 1696 are available in the County Record Office.


  • 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

Probate Records

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



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



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