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Cornish: Manahan
The New Inn Manaccan - - 892716.jpg
The New Inn, Manaccan
Grid reference: SW762248
Location: 50°4’55"N, 5°7’43"W
Postcode: TR12
Local Government
Council: Cornwall

Manaccan is a village on the Lizard peninsula in south-western Cornwall. The village is about five miles south of Falmouth.

The population of Manaccan was recorded as 321 at the 2011 census.

Manaccan church

Manaccan parish is in a district known as Meneage which means 'land of the monks', a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The parish is bordered to the north by the Helford River, to the west by St Martin-in-Meneage parish, to the south by St Keverne parish, and to the east by St Anthony-in-Meneage parish.

The origin of the name Manaccan is probably derived not from a saint but from the Cornish for (church) of the monks. It was also at times called 'Minster' in English because it must once have had a Celtic monastery. "St Manacca" is recorded as the patron as early as 1308.[1]

Manaccan is within the 'Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', as is almost a third of the county.

Buildings and antiquities

The parish church is dedicated to St Mannacus and St Dunstan (early records have St Manacca). There was a Norman church here and fragments of it remain; the doorway is one of the best specimens of Norman entrances in Cornwall.[2] The rest of the structure is of the 13th and 15th centuries. The west tower is built of slate.[3] The church is well known for a large and flourishing fig-tree which is growing out of the western part of the south wall of the church. It has been there for at least 250 years.[2]

Boden Vean Fogou was rediscovered by a local farmer in the 1990s and was excavated by archaeologists in 2003[4] and in September and October 2008.


In 1791 William Gregor discovered titanium in the stream that runs through the valley just south of the village. The location is commemorated by a plaque placed next to the bridge. The mineral ilmenite, an iron titanium oxide, was a constituent of the ore identified by William Gregor; it has an alternative name manaccanite, derived from Manaccan.

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  1. Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; pp. 152-53
  2. 2.0 2.1 Information on Manaccan  from GENUKI
  3. Nikolaus Pevsner: The Buildings of England: Cornwall, 1951; 1970 Penguin Books ISBN 978-0-300-09589-0
  4. Modern Antiquarian (The). "Higher Boden Fogou". Retrieved 1 June 2009.