Mawnan Smith

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Mawnan Smith
Mawnan Smith is located in Cornwall
Mawnan Smith
Mawnan Smith
Location within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSW777287
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTR11
Dialling code01326
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°07′00″N 5°06′39″W / 50.11666°N 5.11090°W / 50.11666; -5.11090Coordinates: 50°07′00″N 5°06′39″W / 50.11666°N 5.11090°W / 50.11666; -5.11090

Mawnan Smith (Cornish: Mownan an Gov) is a village in the civil parish of Mawnan in south Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated approximately three miles south of Falmouth.[1] The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 1,539.[2]

The parish church of St Mawnan and St Stephen is in Mawnan village (also known as Mawnan Church). A second church, St Michael's, was built in the village of Mawnan Smith in 1876 and there was also a Wesleyan Methodist chapel in the village.

The village name may derive from the fact that it once had four working smithies serving the many farms in the parish.[3] By the early 20th century only one remained in business. It was operated by blacksmith Billy James followed by his son Dryden and closed when the latter died in 1994. The Mawnan Anvil Trust[4] has since restored the smithy as a working forge with a resident Artist Blacksmith[5] and the site now also includes a Silversmith,[6] Sign Writer[7] and Carpenter.[8]


Mawnan Smith is also home to a number of sightings of the British cryptid, the Owlman.[9]


The smithy is restored and open to the public
  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Mawnan". GENUKI. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  4. ^ "The Old Smithy and Craft workshops Mawnan Smith". Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  5. ^ "SAW Forge". SAW Forge. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  6. ^ "Jeweller Silversmith". Abigail Brown. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  7. ^ "Traditional hand painted and gold leaf signs from Cornwall". Signs of good taste. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  8. ^ "Joinery and Furniture by Peter Steele". Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  9. ^ Jonathan Downes, "The Owl Man", rpr. at Eyewitness Accounts -Mothman, Owlman and the Pterosaur Archived August 19, 2015, at the Wayback Machine

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