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St Mabe, Cornwall

Historical Description

Mabe, St, a parish in Cornwall, 2½ miles SSW of Penryn station on the G.W.R., and 3½ W by S of Falmouth. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Penryn. Acreage, 2569; population, 648. The parish council consists of ten members. Granite is quarried. An ancient cross is at Holland. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; value, £260 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Truro. The church is ancient, has a lofty granite tower, and has been restored. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1653.


Church of England

St. Laudus (parish church)

The church of St. Mabe, situated on high ground, is an ancient edifice of granite, in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave of six bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 5 bells, all cast in 1744 and recast in 1877: the church retains the rood stairs, an Easter sepulchre, a piscina, and sedilia: the south doorway is Norman, and has a plain square stoup: the church was damaged by lightning on the 4th February, 1866, and was thoroughly restored in 1868, at a cost or about £1,400, of which sum Miss Williams, of Falmouth, subscribed £1,000, and William Shilson esq. of Tremough, £100; at the restoration of the church some very interesting groups of figures carved in alabaster were discovered, which are now preserved at the Vicarage; the church plate includes an ancient silver chalice: there are 130 sittings.
The church of St. Laudus, Mabe

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.


Online maps of St Mabe are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cornwall papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.