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Not to be confused with St Mawgan
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St Mawgan’s Church, Mawgan
Grid reference: SW712242
Location: 50°4’28"N, 5°11’52"W
Postcode: TR12
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Mawgan is a village in Cornwall, in the Meneage district of The Lizard peninsula south of Helston. It has a wider parish known as ‘Mawgan-in-Meneage’, whose recorded population in 2011 was 1,110.

The parish church is dedicated to St Mauganus, a Welsh missionary saint who is also honoured in Cornwall at Mawgan in Pydar, St Mawgan and in places further beyond.[1] The church is a fine building of the 14th century which was enlarged in the 15th by the addition of the south aisle and the tower. Features of interest are a Carminow tomb of the 13th century, the Vyvyan monuments, the squint and the wagon roof. In earlier times there were other chapels in the parish, at Carminow and at Trelowarren.

Dry Tree menhir

The name of the manor was given as Saint Mawnan in Domesday Book.

The village lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as does almost a third of the county.


Evidence of early mediæval habitation at Mawgan is in the form of an inscribed pillar stone, located at the meeting of three roads at the centre of the village; it bears an inscription that is no longer readable, but based on an old drawing and a photograph taken in 1936 it could have been a memorial stone to either 'Cnegumus son of Genaius' or 'Genaius son of Cnegumus'. The date of this inscription is not certain beyond having been carved before the twelfth century.[2]


Trelowarren House

At Trelowarren is the estate of the Vyvyan family who have owned it since 1427. The Halliggye Fogou at Trelowarren is the largest in Cornwall. Trelowarren House has a complex building history: the original house is mid-15th century and there are later parts dated 1662, 1698 and ca. 1750 (further additions were made during the 19th century).[3]

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  1. Doble, G. H. (1962) The Saints of Cornwall; part 2. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 34-44
  2. See the discussion and bibliography in Elisabeth Okasha, Corpus of Early Christian Inscribed Stones of South-west Britain (Leicester: University Press, 1993), pp. 146-153
  3. Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; p. 225