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Cornish: Gwynnwalow
Grid reference: SW655225
Location: 50°3’23"N, 5°16’39"W
Postcode: TR12
Local Government
Council: Cornwall

Gunwalloe is a coastal village in Cornwall, on the Lizard Peninsula three miles south of Helston. Within the parish is part of the Loe Pool, the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall.

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


Gunwalloe may be said to be the first entry in the Domesday Book as the King's manor of Winnianton is the first entry for Cornwall. At the time of Domesday it was of great importance and the head manor in the Kerrier Hundred.

The parish church was originally a manorial church of Winnianton but in the 13th century it became a chapelry of Breage. The church of Saint Winwaloe was rebuilt in the 14th to 15th century but the tower (a separate older building which belonged to the earlier church) is perhaps 13th century.[1][2]

In Domesday Book there were in Winnianton 15 hides, land for 60 ploughs; the lord (King William) had 2 ploughs; 24 villagers, 41 freedmen, 33 smallholders, 14 serfs; half a square league of woodland; 6 acres of meadow; 8 square leagues of pasture; three kinds of livestock, in total 145 beasts. 11 of the hides are held by the Count of Mortain and there is more arable and pasture and 13 more persons are recorded.[3]

Protected landscape



National Trust

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View from Gunwalloe Cove
Website: Penrose Estate Gunwalloe and Loe Pool

Much of the coastal land and cliffs around Gunwalloe belongs to the National Trust, including the Loe Pool.



  1. Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 105
  2. Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed. Penguin; pp. 75-76
  3. Thorn, C. et al. (eds.) (1979) Cornwall. Chichester: Phillimore; entry 1,1