Cornish Church Panoramas

I’ve just added another eight churches to my collection of 360° panoramas of the interiors of Cornish parish churches. On my first foray I photographed Launcells, Week St Mary, North Tamerton and Treneglos. I did visit another four, but they were all locked with only two giving details of a keyholder. Of the two that did, one was out and the other slammed their window shut when I rang the doorbell and wouldn’t come to the door. Not much point in them having the key!

Week St Mary

Later that week I contacted the rector of St Conan’s, Washaway to see if I could gain entry there as I know that church is normally kept locked. I was really pleased when he got back to me saying that the church has a key safe to which he gave me the combination. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more churches that feel the need to stay locked took up this idea. St Conan’s is a very small chapel attached to the parish of Wadebridge – the two main churches are Egloshayle and St Breock. It was built in 1883 but it contains a Saxon font, one of the oldest in the country. It also has a 16th century carved wooden pulpit brought from Germany from which Martin Luther is thought to have preached.

This church will not be open except for service times

The following week I photographed the churches at Lostwithiel, Tywardreath and Golant. At Golant there are some nice 16th century bench ends that have been incorporated into the pulpit, a lectern and a parclose screen. The wagon roofs to both the nave and south aisle also have some very nice carving.

There were another three I was going to photograph, but again, they were locked. One had this less than inviting notice on the door. And why say to contact the churchwarden but then not give any contact details?


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