Millbrook, Cornwall

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Millbrook
Millbrook Lake Nov2015.jpg
The village, with the creek in the centre
Millbrook is located in Cornwall
Millbrook
Millbrook
Millbrook shown within Cornwall
Population 2,278 (2011)
OS grid reference SX423522
Civil parish
  • Millbrook
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TORPOINT
Postcode district PL10
Dialling code 01752
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Cornwall
50°20′53″N 4°13′01″W / 50.348°N 4.217°W / 50.348; -4.217Coordinates: 50°20′53″N 4°13′01″W / 50.348°N 4.217°W / 50.348; -4.217

Millbrook (Cornish: Govermelin) is a civil parish and village in southeast Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated on the Rame Peninsula four miles (6.5 km) south of Saltash.[1] The population of Millbrook was 2,033 in the 2001 census,increasing to 2,214 at the 2011 census.[2]

Millbrook is at the head of a tidal creek which is now dammed as a flood prevention measure. The resulting pool and wetlands are a popular birdwatching site.

The seal of the borough of Millbrook was a mill with waterwheel in a stream of water amid trees and hounds, with the legend "Sigillum de Millbrookia".[3]

It is also the home of Millbrook AFC. The club, which is based at Jenkins Park, is a massive part of the community and has been very successful in recent times. They are well known throughout Devon and Cornwall and, as they were formed in 1888, are one of the three oldest clubs in the county.

Religion[edit]

The modern parish church is dedicated to All Saints.[4] The parish was created from part of Maker parish in 1869.[5] The village also has a Methodist chapel.[6]

Black Prince Parade[edit]

The Flower Boat Ritual takes place on (May Day bank holiday).[7] During mid-morning, a procession of dancers and singers parade through Millbrook and the neighbouring villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, stopping at chosen houses and inns on the way. They carry with them a boat decorated with all the available spring flowers. In the evening, the boat is launched on the water, with a firework accompaniment. The ritual has been carried out in Millbrook since the 14th century, and is thought to be pagan in origin.

Sport[edit]

Action from a SWPL match at Jenkins Park, with the view of Millbrook in the background.
The chapel of rest at Millbrook cemetery

The local football club was founded in 1888 and compete in the South West Peninsula League, which sits at Steps 6 and 7 of the National League System. The club play at Jenkins Park (formerly Mill Park) and are now managed by Ryan Swiggs. The club have been very successful since the 1980s and have competed in the FA Vase. It is a massive part of the local community.

Millbrook along with the rest of the Rame Peninsula is also a good spot for fishing, with many fishing lakes being located near by and in the village.

Pete Goss MBE[edit]

In 2008 sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE built his 37-foot Cornish lugger Spirit of Mystery with the help of local craftsmen in a shed at Innsworke Mill Boat Yard in Millbrook. The boat is a replica of Mystery, which made a voyage to Australia and back in 1854-55.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ "Millbrook". GENUKI. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Pascoe, W. H. (1979). A Cornish Armory. Padstow, Cornwall: Lodenek Press. p. 134. ISBN 0-902899-76-7. 
  4. ^ "Millbrook: All Saints, Millbrook". A Church Near You. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 164
  6. ^ "Millbrook Methodist Church". Plymouth & Devonport Methodist Circuit. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Landmark Visitors Guide - Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly - ISBN 1-84306-310-7

External links[edit]

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