St. Mawgan

24 September

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A Welsh monk, possibly abbot of a settlement in Pembrokeshire. Mawgan crossed the Channel with Brioc. In Cornwall he is associated with Mawgan-in-Meneage, four miles south-east of Helston; and in the north of the County, near Newquay, the Vale of Mawgan bears his name. In that latter place is the Church of Mawgan-in-Pydar. The oldest part of the present building is its 13th.century tower, but the church is said to stand on the site of a Celtic Monastery. (Toulson)

The Five parishes of St Anthony, Manaccan, St Martin, St Mawgan and Keverne form that part of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall known as the Meneage, "The Land of Monks".

The registers of the see of Exeter reveal that there were possibly nine chapels here in the middle ages, including ones dedicated to St Mary Magdalene and St Margaret.

700 AD -Probably the first church on the site - note the neighbouring Monastic Manor lands of Gwarthandrea. St Maugan was a Abbot-Bishop from Pembrokeshire who travelled from Mawgan Porth near Newquay to Mawgan Creek in Meneage (the land of Monks), en route to Brittany , especially the St Malo area. His inscription appears on one of the large sanctuary candlesticks, and his carved figure holding a crozier is on the outside keystone of the west tower window.

800 AD - St Mawgan's Cross in the village green, 6'9'high, and once had the inscription "Cnegumi Fili Genaius".

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