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  The parish of Manaccan (Monachan, Monathon, and, anciently, Minster) is situated in the Meneage district of the Deanery and Hundred of Kerrier. It lies south of the Helford river and nearby parishes include St Martins Meneage, St Anthony Meneage, St Keverne. Across the estuary lie Constantine and Mawnan.
Manaccan is a hillside parish set in pleasant countryside. The church (picture on the right contributed by Diane Donohue) is dedicated to unknown saint, referred to as 'Sancta Manaca' in 1259. During the Napoleonic wars, Captain Bligh of Bounty fame was carrying out research for the Admiralty in the Helford River and was arrested as a suspected spy. He was locked in the coal cellar of the Rev. Richard Polwhele, but eventually released when he was able to prove his identity. Despite his treatment, Bligh and Polwhele became friends and remained in touch for several years.
In this parish is Helford, which was originally a small trading village. From here is a ferry across to Passage House, now known as 'Helford Passage'.

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

The Online Parish Clerk (Genealogy) for Manaccan is Roger Shirley, who can be contacted at and who maintains a website.

For information about, and contact details for, the current parish council, please see this website.
Contact details for the church can be found by searching here.



Information can be found at COCP (Cornwall Online Census Project) which is complete for 1841 to 1891 and has been verified, FreeCen at Rootsweb, which has a very good search engine and information from COCP, as well as GenUKI, which has more reference information and alternative resources.


Transcriptions completed by the OPC are in our online searchable database (C-PROP) which is updated frequently. The parish coverage page is here.


For information, see GenUKI or visit the University of Leicester's Historical Directories website.


The 1834 Voters List for the parish.

Settlement Documents:

  15 Jul 1794, Robert WALL (& Truro) 1847-1848, CLATWORTHY family (& Budock)
  5 Apr 1827, Elizabeth SANDYS (& Budock)  


  26 Feb 1744, Thomas JOHNS 11 Jan 1843, Margaret KEMPTHORNE
  1 Sep 1748, George BOLITHO  

For further resources see GenUKI.


For a zoomable and printable map of Cornwall please visit Cornwall Council’s mapping website. To see the Parish boundaries, click on the Layers Tab for Government Boundaries.

For maps and satellite images use Google Maps.

To enjoy a "walk" around this parish, search for Manaccan at, then drag the person icon from above the zoom commands and place it at a specific location on the map.


St Keverne, St Martin in Meneage, St Anthony in Meneage and, across the estuary, Constantine and Mawnan.


  1. Manaccan is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume III by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838. Also downloadable as a pdf from here.
  2. Phillimore's Marriages Vol VII transcripts including Manaccan (transcribed and in our database)
Cottage in Manaccan
Contributed by Diane Donohue
1894 2002