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St Creden

This small but beautiful church is located in the very centre of Sancreed (Cornish: Eglossankres) in the inland parish in the Hundred of Penwith, about four miles west of Penzance and forms part of the gloriously wild and ruggedly beautiful area of West Penwith at the most westerly tip of Cornwall.

Sancreed, Cornwall

Opening times

Every effort is made to keep the church open to visitors throughout the year.


St Creden
TR20 8QS

The pretty granite church dates from the 15th century, and still has the base of its rood screen. This has its original paint, and includes pictures of a spotted goat, a jester, a triple headed king (perhaps representing the Trinity), birds and other beasts.

The 15th century font has shield bearing angels at the corners, and there are 16th century bench ends.
In the churchyard here are two very early full length crosses, both with crucifixions carved on them. They may date from the 10th century and are outstanding examples of their kind.

There are three more cross heads in the churchyard.

A few hundred metres west of the church there is a holy well and baptistry, which predate the current parish church building. Both churchyard and church held a strong appeal to artists of the Newlyn School. Among those who lie buried in the churchyard is Florence ‘Blote’ Munnings whose tragic story was made into a film in 2013.

Today Sancreed remains a doggedly independent parish, providing a unique, traditional, contemplative place for worship in exceptional surroundings.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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