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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1161735



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Cornwall

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: St. Mabyn

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 06-Jun-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Nov-1988

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 67752

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4/120 Church of St Mabena (Previously 6.6.69 listed as Church of St Mebena)


Parish church. Dedicated to St Mabena. Probably Norman origins with font surviving. The existing fabric probably dates largely from the late C15. Church altered in 1818 and restored in 1884. Ashlar slate stone with moulded plinth and wall plate. Rag slate roofs with gable ends. Fabric of circa late C15 with late C15 7-bay north and south aisles, south porch and west tower. Church reseated and several monuments were taken down on institution of Rev Granville Leveson-Gower in 1818. Church restored in 1884 and partly reseated in late C20. Exterior: Tall unbuttressed west tower of 3-stages with battlemented parapet and crocketted finials, the top stage decorated with 4 carved figures, possibly the Evangelists. 4 centred catacleuse stone arch to west door with hollow chamfer ornamented with carved florets. C19 door and C19 perpendicular west window. 3-light belfry openings with slate panels and louvers. Church clock installed in 1950. 3- light Perpendicular tracery in north and south aisles with 4-light east windows. 5- light chancel window renewed or heavily restored. Projection for roof loft stair to north aisle and blocked 4 centred arch to north door. South porch has a moulded 4 centred arch and a C15 waggon roof, the carved bosses removed. 4 centred arch to south door. Interior: Circa C19 plastered walls. Nave and chancel in one. Chamfered 4 centred tower arch. Original ceiled C15 waggon roofs to nave and chancel and north and south aisles with carved wall plates and carved bosses. Moulded ribs with carved ribs at west end of chancel and at east ends of north and south aisles. 7 bay north and south aisles with type A (Pevsner) piers with moulded bases and carved capitals and 4 centred arches C19 furnishings with C20 chairs in nave and aisles. Norman font of table-top type, square bowl decorated with blind arcade and round ornamented shaft. Piscina in south wall of chancel. Early church wardens chest. Memorials: C17 and C18 ledger stones remounted on exterior north wall of tower and west wall of north aisle. Fragments of old glass it west window of south aisle. C19 oval-shaped churchyard. Maclean, Sir John. Parochial and Family History of the Deanery of Trigg Minor 1876 O'Connor, Michael Tate. A Brief History and description of St Mabyn Church. 1986 Pevsner, N and Radcliffe, E. The Buildings of England, Cornwall 2nd Edition 1970

Listing NGR: SX0418073202

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Maclean, J, Parochial and Family History of the Deanery of Trigg Minor in the County of Cornwall, (1879)
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, (1970)
Tate O'Connor, M, A Brief History and Description of St Mabyn Church, (1986)

National Grid Reference: SX 04174 73201


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