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Coordinates: 50°06′N 5°06′W / 50.100°N 5.100°W / 50.100; -5.100

Mawnan parish church
Mawnan (top right) in relation to surrounding parishes

Mawnan (Cornish: Maunan, meaning St Maunan) is a civil parish in south Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.[1] It is situated in the former administrative district of Kerrier and is bounded to the south by the Helford River, to the east by the sea, and to the west by Constantine parish. The population was 1,454 in the 2001 census,[2] rising slightly to 1,476 at the 2011 census.[3]

The church town of the parish is Mawnan Church, also known simply as Mawnan, but the only large village in the parish is Mawnan Smith, situated approximately three miles south of Falmouth.[4]


The parish is entirely rural and, as well as Mawnan Smith, it includes the hamlets of Carlidnack, Bareppa, Penwarne, Helford Passage, Maenporth and Durgan. The parish also contains several Victorian gardens, now open to the public: Glendurgan, Trebah, Carwinion,[5] and Penjerrick.

The coastline and cliffs south-east of the church town from Toll Point to Rosemullion Head forms the Rosemullion SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), noted for its geological and biological interest. Marine species found here include Mytilus mussels, various seaweeds and sea sponges, such as Botryllus schlosseri.[6]

Mawnan lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.


It is suggested that Mawnan takes its name from a 6th-century Saint Maunanus, who was probably a Breton monk who landed here about AD 520.[7]


There are two Anglican churches: the 13th century parish church, the Church of St Mawnan and St Stephen in Mawnan Church[7] and the 19th century Church of St Michael in Mawnan Smith village.

John Rogers was rector here in 1807.[8]

The land for St Michael's Church was given by the Rogers family of Carwinion and the building was completed in 1874.

The village of Mawnan Smith also has a Methodist chapel. There is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to St Edward the Confessor in Old Church Road, which was completed in 1965.

Notable houses and gardens[edit]

Notable country houses in the parish include Bosloe, Bosveal, Carwinion, Penwarne, Nansidwell (c. 1905 by Leonard Stokes), Heyle and Bareppa. At Glendurgan and Trebah are fine 19th century developed by the Fox family of Falmouth.[9]


  1. ^ Mawnan History Group (2002). The Book of Mawnan: celebrating a South Cornwall parish. Tiverton, Devon: Halsgrove. ISBN 1-84114-148-8. 
  2. ^ GENUKI website; Mawnan; retrieved April 2010
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  5. ^ Carwinion
  6. ^ "Rosemullion" (PDF). Natural England. 1990. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Church of England website: Notes on St Mawnan Church
  8. ^ Marchant, E. C. (1897). "Rogers, John (1778–1856), divine, by E. C. Marchant". Dictionary of National Biography Vol. IL. Smith, Elder & Co. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  9. ^ Peter Beacham; Nikolaus Pevsner (2014). Cornwall. Yale University Press. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-300-12668-6

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