Mabe, Cornwall

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Coordinates: 50°09′48″N 5°07′57″W / 50.1634°N 5.1326°W / 50.1634; -5.1326

The 15th century tower of the Church of St Laudus, Mabe

Mabe (variant: La Vabe, Cornish: Lannvab) is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated one mile (1.6 km) west of Penryn.[1]

Mabe parish is bounded by Stithians and St. Gluvias to the north, Budock to the east, Mawnan and Constantine to the south and Wendron to the west. Mabe parish is twinned with the Breton town of Primelin.

The parish lies at the eastern edge of the Carnmenellis Granite intrusion.[2] It is surrounded by several working and closed quarries. The Argal and College reservoirs lie to the south of the village.

The settlement of Mabe Burnthouse is situated on a hill overlooking Penryn and to the southwest is the location of the parish church, the Church of Saint Laud, which is dedicated to Saint Laudus, Bishop of Coutances.

History[edit]

Mabe was located in the Deanery of Carnmarth[3] and belonged to the hundred of Kerrier. Its population was approximately 512 in 1837. In addition to the chapel, there was an almshouse.[4]

Culture and community[edit]

A Community Primary School with 119 pupils serves the area.[5] Near the Antron Hill cross-roads, there is a pub, "The New Inn" and a Post Office General Stores.

Mabe Ladies Choir was founded in 1931[6] by Edgar S. Kessell MBE and continues to this day.

Parish church[edit]

Main article: Church of Saint Laud

The 15th century tower and porch[7] survived a lightning strike. The remainder of the church was re-built from 1866, under the direction of Piers St. Aubyn.[8] In the churchyard, there is an ancient menhir and a Celtic cross. The latter was found in the vicarage and installed near the porch, at some time between 1919 and 1930.[8]

Notable residents[edit]

Sam Toy, former chairman of Ford of Britain was born here, as was Roger Hosen, the Cornwall and England rugby player. Thomas Tregosse, Puritan minister, sometime Vicar of Mylor and Mabe, was ejected from his benefices for his religious views.

Gallery[edit]

External Links[edit]

Mabe Parish Council Website

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ "Article on Carnmenellis Granite". 
  3. ^ Langdon, Arthur G.; Allen, John Romilly (1896). Old Cornish crosses. J. Pollard. p. 106. 
  4. ^ Wright, George Newenham (1837). A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer 4 (Digitized Jun 6, 2007 ed.). T. Kelly. p. 116. 
  5. ^ Ofsted information and access to report[dead link]
  6. ^ Mabe Ladies Choir webpage[dead link]
  7. ^ Pevsner, N. Buildings of England: Cornwall (1951; 1970) (rev. Enid Radcliffe). Penguin Books (reissued by Yale University Press) ISBN 0-300-09589-9; p. 110
  8. ^ a b Henderson, Charles (1930) Mabe Church and Parish. Long Compton: The King's Stone Press