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Cornwall

Discover the wonder of Cornwall's sacred heritage.

Cornwall’s churches are rarely simple buildings nestling into the landscape. Instead they are assertive structures with heaven thrusting spires or towers, commonly three times the height of the church.

Quaint villages are rare here, generally churches are found in towns, hamlets or trading ports. Methodist and Nonconformist chapels partly filled the gaps left after the Reformation. Here is a sample of special churches.

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MichaelGarlick

St Petroc, Bodmin

Cornwall’s largest church at 150 feet is also the best documented in Britain, over 460 householders donated money or nails to rebuild St Petroc’s in 1469-72.

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MichaelGarlick

St Breaca, Breage

St Breaca is the archetypal painted church in Cornwall, it's medieval wall paintings survive include St Christopher with mermaid, a warning to Sabbath breakers and various saints.

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CharlesFrancis

Churchtown St Hilary, St Hilary

The church has unique links with West Cornwall’s literary and artistic heritage particularly the Newlyn Artists, and the ancient churchyard contains the 5th century Noti Noti stone.

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NevilleWooton

St Nonna, Altarnun

The glorious 1530s bench ends include a bagpiping shepherd, crowder player, holy water clerk and a pair of flick book sword dancers!

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RogerGeach

St Wyllow, Lanteglos by Fowey

Arguably Cornwall’s least spoilt church, St Wyllow was so forgotten in its farmyard setting the church once had metal tie beams across both aisles and nave.

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Mattana

St Neot, St Neot

St Neot’s has the most complete survival of medieval glass in any parish church, don’t miss the 1530 stags ploughing St Neot’s fields.

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AlisonDay

Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral is Cornwall's cathedral, a beautiful building built in the Gothic style it stands at the heart of the picturesque city of Truro.

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DerekHarper

St Winwaloe, Tremaine

The simplest parish church in Cornwall retains its Norman north wall with tiny window and door with dragon tympanum.

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MichaelGarlick

St Swithin, Launcells

Discover 17th century Barnstaple ‘heraldic’ tiles, large plaster royal arms and a ghostly late 17th century wall painting of Abraham attempting to slay Isaac.

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JimChampion

St Levan, St Levan

Where else but St Levan can you find a pair of fish on a bench end and earth ending prophecies are linked to the split churchyard boulder?

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NilFanion

St Winwalloe, Gunwalloe

The village church of St Winwaloe is said to be one of the oldest in Cornwall and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

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FuzzyPiggy

St Michael, St Michaels Mount

The abbey is a spectacular sight, perched on a rocky hill and surrounded by blue waters, at low tide, the Mount is approached by a historic stone causeway, used by pilgrims in the Middle Ages.

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DerekVoller

The Cornwall Historic Churches Trust was formed in 1955 to assist in the restoration and repair of Cornish churches which have architectural or historic merit. Our patron is HRH the Duke of Cornwall.

http://www.chct.info/

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CharlesFrancis