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Millbrook, Cornwall

Millbrook (Cornish: Govermelin) is a civil parish and village in southeast Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated on the Rame Peninsula four miles (6.5 km) south of Saltash.[1] The population of Millbrook was 2,033 in the 2001 census, increasing to 2,214 at the 2011 census.[2]

Millbrook
Millbrook Lake Nov2015.jpg
The village, with the creek in the centre
Millbrook is located in Cornwall
Millbrook
Millbrook
Location within Cornwall
Population2,278 (2011)
OS grid referenceSX423522
Civil parish
  • Millbrook
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTORPOINT
Postcode districtPL10
Dialling code01752
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireCornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Cornwall
50°20′53″N 4°13′01″W / 50.348°N 4.217°W / 50.348; -4.217Coordinates: 50°20′53″N 4°13′01″W / 50.348°N 4.217°W / 50.348; -4.217

Millbrook is at the head of a tidal creek which is now dammed, since 1977, as a flood prevention measure. The resulting pool and wetlands are a popular birdwatching site.

The seal of the borough of Millbrook was a mill with waterwheel in a stream of water amid trees and hounds, with the legend "Sigillum de Millbrookia".[3]

Religion and CultureEdit

The modern parish church is dedicated to All Saints.[4] The parish was created from part of Maker parish in 1869.[5] The village also has a Methodist chapel.[6]

The Black Prince Parade takes place on (May Day bank holiday).[7] During mid-morning, a procession of dancers and singers parade through Millbrook and the neighbouring villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, stopping at chosen houses and inns on the way. They carry with them a boat decorated with all the available spring flowers. In the evening, the boat is launched onto the water, with an accompanying firework display. The ritual has been carried out in Millbrook since the 14th century, and is thought to be pagan in origin[citation needed].

SportEdit

 
Action from a SWPL match at Jenkins Park, with the view of Millbrook in the background.
 
The chapel of rest at Millbrook cemetery

The local football club was founded in 1888 and competes in the South West Peninsula League, which sits at Steps 6 and 7 of the National League System. The club playsat Jenkins Park (formerly Mill Park) and are now managed by Ryan Swiggs. The club has c been very successful since the 1980s and has competed in the FA Vase

Millbrook, along with the rest of the Rame Peninsula is a fishing hotspot, with several fishing areas located in and around the village.

In 2008 sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE built his 37-foot Cornish lugger Spirit of Mystery with the help of local craftsmen in a shed at Innsworke Mill Boat Yard in Millbrook. The boat is a replica of Mystery, which made a voyage to Australia and back in 1854-55.

Notable ResidentsEdit

The former football player Reg Jenkins was born in Millbrook in 1938. During his career, he played for Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City, Torquay United[8] and Rochdale[9]. The local football club plays at Jenkins Park, which was named after him[10].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ "Millbrook". GENUKI. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. ^ Pascoe, W. H. (1979). A Cornish Armory. Padstow, Cornwall: Lodenek Press. p. 134. ISBN 0-902899-76-7.
  4. ^ "Millbrook: All Saints, Millbrook". A Church Near You. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  5. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 164
  6. ^ "Millbrook Methodist Church". Plymouth & Devonport Methodist Circuit. Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  7. ^ Landmark Visitors Guide - Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly - ISBN 1-84306-310-7
  8. ^ "Reg Jenkins". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  9. ^ Brookes, Mike (2008). Legends of Rochdale AFC. At Heart. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-84547-194-1.
  10. ^ History of Millbrook A.F.C. www.pitchero.com https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/millbrookafc/a/millbrook-afc-club-directory-45246.html?page=2. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Millbrook, Cornwall at Wikimedia Commons