Coordinates: 50°09′48″N 5°07′57″W / 50.1634°N 5.1326°W / 50.1634; -5.1326

The 15th century tower of the Church of St Laudus, Mabe
The 15th century tower of the Church of St Laudus, Mabe

Mabe (variant: La Vabe, Cornish: Lannvab) is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated one mile (1.6 km) west of Penryn.[1]

Mabe parish is bounded by Stithians and Ponsanooth to the north, Budock to the east, Mawnan and Constantine to the south and Wendron to the west. Mabe parish is twinned with the Breton town of Primelin. Mabe parish population was 2,083 at the 2011 census,[2] whereas the ward population covering a larger area was 5,802[3]

The parish lies at the eastern edge of the Carnmenellis Granite intrusion.[4] It is surrounded by several working and closed quarries. The Argal and College reservoirs lie to the south of the village.

The settlement of Mabe Burnthouse is situated on a hill overlooking Penryn and to the southwest is the location of the parish church, the Church of Saint Laud, which is dedicated to Saint Laudus, Bishop of Coutances.


Mabe was located in the Deanery of Carnmarth[5] and belonged to the hundred of Kerrier. Its population was approximately 512 in 1837. In addition to the chapel, there was an almshouse.[6]

There are granite quarries at Carnsew which belonged to the firm of Freeman & Macleod. As of 1972 the Trolvis quarry was still working.[7]

Culture and community

A Community Primary School with 119 pupils serves the area.[8] Near the Antron Hill cross-roads, there is a pub, "The New Inn" and a Post Office General Stores.

Mabe Ladies Choir was founded in 1931[9] by Edgar S. Kessell MBE and continues to this day.

Parish church

Main article: Church of Saint Laud

The cross in the churchyard
The cross in the churchyard

The 15th century tower and porch[10] survived a lightning strike. The remainder of the church was re-built from 1866, under the direction of Piers St. Aubyn.[11] In the churchyard, there is an ancient menhir and a Celtic cross. The latter was found in the vicarage garden and installed near the porch, at some time between 1919 and 1930.[11] There is another cross at Helland, a farm where there was a garden formerly the site of an ancient chapel.[12]

Notable residents

Sam Toy, former chairman of Ford of Britain was born here, as was Roger Hosen, the Cornwall and England rugby player. Thomas Tregosse, Puritan minister, sometime Vicar of Mylor and Mabe, was ejected from his benefices for his religious views.



  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ "civil parish population census 2011". Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ "ward population census 2011". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  4. ^ Ghosh, P. K. (February 1934). "Article on Carnmenellis Granite". Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. 90 (1–4): 240–276. doi:10.1144/GSL.JGS.1934.090.01-04.09.
  5. ^ Langdon, Arthur G.; Allen, John Romilly (1896). Old Cornish Crosses. J. Pollard. p. 106. churchyard mabe.
  6. ^ Wright, George Newenham (1837). A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer. 4 (Digitized Jun 6, 2007 ed.). T. Kelly. p. 116.
  7. ^ Todd, A. C. & Laws, Peter (1972) The Industrial Archaeology of Cornwall. Newton Abbot: David & Charles; p. 234
  8. ^ Ofsted information and access to report Archived October 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Mabe Ladies Choir webpage Archived May 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Pevsner, N. Buildings of England: Cornwall (1951; 1970) (rev. Enid Radcliffe). Penguin Books (reissued by Yale University Press) ISBN 0-300-09589-9; p. 110
  11. ^ a b Henderson, Charles (1930) Mabe Church and Parish. Long Compton: The King's Stone Press
  12. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 323-24