St Mawgan

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St Mawgan
Cornish: Lanherne
St. Mawgan Church - - 170465.jpg
St Mawgan Church
Grid reference: SW872659
Location: 50°27’18"N, 4°59’53"W
Post town: Newquay
Postcode: TR8
Local Government
Council: Cornwall

St Mawgan is a village in north Cornwall, four miles northeast of Newquay.

The village is within the wider parish known as St Mawgan in Pydar: the suffix is from the Hundred of Pydarshire in which the parish lies. The parish population at the 2011 census was 1,173, though this includes such hamlets as Mawgan Porth, on the coast.

The nearby Royal Air Force station, RAF St. Mawgan, takes its name from the village. It is next to Newquay Cornwall Airport.

The River Menalhyl runs through St Mawgan village and the valley is known as The Vale of Lanherne. It was the subject of a poem by poet Henry Sewell Stokes.

The parish has one small primary school: St Mawgan-in-Pydar Primary School

Parish church

St Mawgan has a 13th-century parish church, dedicated to St Mauganus and St Nicholas. The church was originally a cruciform building of the 13th century but was enlarged by a south aisle and the upper part of the tower in the 15th century.

The unusual rood screen and bench ends are noteworthy and there are many monumental brasses to members of the Arundell family; these include George Arundell, 1573, Mary Arundell, 1578, Cyssel and Jane Arundell, ca. 1580, Edward Arundell (?), 1586,[1] (St Mauganus was a Welshman and is also honoured at Mawgan in Meneage in Kerrier and in Wales and Brittany.)[2]

Lanherne House
Nanskeval House, St Mawgan
The Japanese Garden, St Mawgan

Historic estates


The manor of Lanherne was long a seat of the Arundell family "of Lanherne", lords of the manor of St Mawgan, chief landowners in the parish since the 13th century, many of whose monuments survive in the parish church. They were a branch of the prominent and widespread Arundell family also seated at Trerice, Tolverne, Menadarva in Cornwall and at Wardour Castle in Wiltshire

The Arundells of Laniherne have included:

  • Sir John Arundell of Lanherne alias John FitzAlan, 1st Baron Arundel (died 1379), naval commander and Lord Marshal of England
  • John Arundell (1366 - 1435)
  • John Arundell (of Lanherne, died 1423), Member of Parliament for Cornwall,1404,1406,1411,1414,1416,1417,1422 and 1423
  • John Arundell (1474–1545) of Lanherne, Receiver General of the Duchy of Cornwall
  • Sir John Arundell (of Lanherne, died 1557), Member of Parliament for Cornwall, 1554
  • John Arundell (of Lanherne, died 1590), Member for Helston, Shaftesbury, Preston and Cornwall


Nanskeval House was on the parish boundaries of St Mawgan in Pydar (it was demolished in the mid-1970s) and St Columb Major: in 1277 it was spelt Nanscuvel. Nanskeval House was once the home of Liberal MP Edward Brydges Willyams and is still part of the Carnanton estate which is still owned by descendants of the same family. Nans means 'valley' in Old Cornish, and Kivell was thought to derive from the Cornish equivalent of the Welsh word ceffyl, meaning a horse; but as the Cornish for horse is Margh this is an erroneous interpretation. Much more likely is "The valley of the Woodcock" as the Cornish for woodcock is 'Kevelek'. The surname Nankivell and its variants are thought to derive from this place.

About the village

There are in the village two pubs, The Falcon Inn and The Airways: also at St Mawgan is a bonsai tree nursery and a Japanese Garden attraction, plus a small craft shop. There are two local cricket teams which play Sunday friendlies, the Vale of Lanherne C.C. and St Mawgan C.C.

The Arundells of Lanherne

Outside links


  1. Dunkin, E. (1882) Monumental Brasses. London: Spottiswoode; pp. 42-53, pl. XXXVI-XLI
  2. Doble, G. H. (1962) The Saints of Cornwall: part 2. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 34-44