parish of Mawgan Meneage is situated in the deanery and hundred of Kerrier.
It is bounded to the north by the parish of Wendron, and the Helford Estuary,
which separates it from Constantine. To the east lies St.
Martin, to the south is Cury,
and to the west is Gunwalloe.
The parish contains 5,273 acres.
The church is dedicated to S. Mauganus. It comprises a chancel, nave, north aisle, north transeptal recess, south transept, and vestry. The chancel window displays the arms of Trevelyan, Reskymer, and others. The arcade consists of seven four centred arches, with monolith pillars, the material is porcelain stone, probably from the neighbouring parish of Germoe. The woodwork of the roof of the north aisle is richly carved and in good preservation. Attached to tho west end of this aisle is the Trelowarren mausoleum.
About a quarter of a mile from the church, on the Helston road, stands what is generally called the Mawgan Cross, which however, is simply an inscribed stone, and bears no resemblance to the figure from which it is denominated. The insciption is preserved in two or three publications.
Churchtown is the chief village in the parish. Near it was a chapel for the Wesleyan Methodists and there were also chapels for the United Methodist free church at Garras and Bowgyhere.
about Mawgan in Meneage:
- Is so called for distinction from Mawgan in Pydar, is bounded northward by
the River Helford.
Three noble Cornish families, the Roskymers, Carminowes, and Vyvyans, were once settled in this parish. The latter only remain (1894). Their seat is a fine old castellated building with a chapel, called Trelowarren. The family of Vyvyan dates from the time of Edward VI. In the civil wars they attached themselves with the most devoted loyalty to the royal cause, and suffered severely from the Parliamentary forces. In testimony to the eminent services of Sir Rd. Vyvyan, then the head of the family, there hangs in there house a large painting, by Vandyke, of King Charles I on horseback, presented to the family by Charles II.
Another Sir Richard Vyvyan , a lineal descendent of this brave old cavalier, was imprisoned in the tower by George I, on suspicion of being concerned in favouring the design of the Pretender.
Still another Sir Richard Vyvyan died at Trelowarren on August 15th, 1879. He was a Tory of the old school, and represented Bristol in Parliament after the passage of the Reform Bill in 1832 until the dissolution of 1837. In 1841 he was returned as Member for Helston, which borough he continued to represent up to 1857, when he finally retired from public life.
At Mawgan Cross, in this parish, is a very oldstone, with an inscription in Cornish, which has been thus interpreted "What lieth here is not the soul."
The Rectory of Mawgan forms one benefice with St. Martin's.
In the church is a stone effigy of a recumbent crusader, one of the Carminowes, and in the north isle are hung the helmet and sword used by Sir R. Vyvyan in the Civil Wars.
At Gear, Gweek Wood and Carvallock, are remains of extensive earthworks. On Goonhilly Downs, which extends into this parish , are many barrows, in which have been found coins and weapons of war. A "fogou" or cave exists at Trelowarren near the entrance to an ancient entrenchment, the remains of which can still be traced.
This parish was well wooded, and the walks and drives along and about the Helford River are scarely to be equalled for variety and picturesque beauty in the county. Numerous Roman coins have from time to time been found in this parish.
I myself (Roger Shirley) am the OPC for this parish. Currently I only have on the site the records that have links in the left frame. I do have most copies of most of the parish registers, so please do contct me if you need any assistance and I will help as much as I can.
Baptisms: - Can be looked up on the LDS website using the IGI Index by entering surname, changing region to "British Isles", and then entering one of the following, in the batch number box. C053571 or C053572 or C020931 and press enter. These index entries are actual extractions from the Parish Records. Am now gradually transcribing the baptisms, follow the links in the left panel.
Marriages: - Phillimore's Marriage Transcripts are available on CD from Archive CD Books and United Kingdom Genealogy. This covers the period from 1563 up to 1812.
Transcriptions on this site -- 1563 to 1850 (Use links in panel to left)
Phillimore's Transcripts 1563 to 1812 - hosted by United Kingdom Genealogy
Burials: - At this time there is no access to these records, so they are gradually being transcibed and placed on this website. Follow the links to the left for what is presently available.
Other Information: - Please follow this link to see where Parish Registers are available for viewing and where, plus what is for sale.
Civil Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages began in England from July of 1837. Copies of certificates can be obtained from two sources, the central archive maintained by the General Register Office (GRO) or the local District Registration Office which is Kerrier for Mawgan. The information required to obtain a copy of a certificate is different for both Offices and is explained in more detail here. Also visit Mark Howells website for more information on ordering certificates and check Barbara Dixon's Tutorials for details on what information appears on birth, death and marriage certificates.
Another large volunteer project is the "FreeCen" project. The goal of this project is to publish online for free access, transcripts of all the English Census Records. The Cornwall section of this country wide project is well advanced and the links to the left lead to current records available online for Mawgan. Also making good progress is a project by "Archive CD Books" to digitise actual images of the various Census Records by agreement with "The National Archives" (formerly, The Public Record Office). Do visit there website for details on purchasing the CD's of the census records. Also available to make the searching of census records easier are indexes put out by the "New Zealand Society of Genealogists" (1851 index) and the "Cornwall Family History Society" (Not currently available) and a visit to the respective websites will give details on how to go about obtaining these indexes.
Also the 1871 census is online at Kindred Konnections One can use the search engine on the main page or click on "UK Genealogy" under Extracted Vital Records in the panel on the upper left side of the main page.
Families being researched in Mawgan in Meneage:
The Orchard Index - Showing descendants of families who were orginally from Mawgan
Surnames being researched in Mawgan in Meneage - This site is hosted by John Rees
For a look at modern day Mawgan, visit - UK Villages, Welcome to Mawgan
Genuki Cornwall - Mawgan in Meneage may also have further information
Map of Mawgan in 1888 - Old-Maps.co.uk
Photos of Parish church are from the Truscott Family Home Page
Trelowarren House - History of estate and Vyvyan family
The OPC Webpage for Cornwall - Lists all the OPC's and links to any that are online.
Can't find who you are looking for? Try the Cornwall OPC Database
Photo Courtesy of Ron Williams - click photo for more
Trelowarren House (click here for somewhere to stay)