Mawgan in Meneage

Mawgan-in-Meneage Church
Mawgan-in-Meneage Church

Mawgan-in-Meneage is an attractive little village and parish locatedat the base of the Lizard Peninsula, between the Helford River and Gunwalloe. The village and church are named after St Mauganus, a Welsh saint, who also received dedications in Wales and Brittany. The church of St Mawgan-in-Meneage is a fine building that dates back to the fourteenth century.

Mawgan in Meneage Standing Stone
Mawgan in Meneage Standing Stone

There is evidence of much earlier settlement in the parish in the form of barrows found on Goonhilly Downs, the Halliggye Fogou at Trelowarren, which is the largest in Cornwall, and a pre-twelfth century pillar stone at Mawgan Cross whose inscription mysteriously reads, 'What lieth here is not the soul.'

Trelowarren House was originally built in the mid-fifteenth century and has been inhabited by the Vyvyan family ever since. Some of the out-buildings have been converted into a a cafe, galleries, craft centre and the Lizard Countryside Centre. There are several excellent walks in the vicinity including the woodland walks down to the Helford river at Mawgan Creek and Tremayne Quay.