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Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SW 78774 27234



9/213 Church of Saint Mawnan



Parish church, C13 chancel, C14 tower foundation, otherwise rebuilt and extended in the C15; restored circa 1830 and again in 1880. Killas rubble with granite dressings and granite ashlar to the upper parts of the tower. Dry Delabole slate roofs with coped gables at the east end. Plan: Nave, chancel west tower, north aisle and south aisle. The chancel is partly C13 (at least the south wall); it was heightened in the C19. The tower base is probably C14 but largely rebuilt or heightened with granite ashlar in the C15. The south aisle was enlarged and partly or wholly rebuilt in the C19. The north aisle is largely C15 and still has its original windows and carved wallplate of former C15 waggon roof. Apart from this wallplate, the roofs were replaced in the C15. Exterior: C15 2-stage west tower has steep 4-centred arched west doorway and C15 window with C19 Perpendicular style tracery over. There is a stair turret in the north-west corner of the tower to the lower stage only. The upper stage has original 2-light traceried windows with slate louvred lights. Original embattled parapet has crocketted corner pinnacles. North aisle has C19 pointed arched doorway and C15 windows. The 3-light east window and the three 2-light windows in the north wall have trefoil-head lights with quatrefoil tracery over. The cusps of the lights have bosses (compare Church of Saint Winwalow, Gurwalloe). The west window has C19 tracery. Set into this wall is a medieval crosshead. South wall of chancel has C13 lancet window. Otherwise the windows of the church are C19 in Perpendicular style. Interior: C13 features: the foil-headed piscina with hoodmould with carved head stops in south wall of chancel; carved head at the west end of the north aisle. C14 features: pointed tower arch on moulded imposts; tower stair. C15 features; 6- bay 4-centred arched arcades between nave/chancel and aisles; the north arcade has piers with 4 shafts engaged to a round centre (3 western bays are C19 copies); the south arcade piers have 4 round shafts with fillets between. There are sections of C15 carved wallplate in the north aisle. Otherwise most of the features are C19, the walls have C19 or C20 plaster, the roofs are arch-braced over the nave and chancel and there are simple waggon roofs over the aisles. Tower interior not inspected. Fittings: C15 octagonal granite font; C15 fragment of base of former rood screen with original paint, attached to west end of north aisle; there is another fragment behind the pulpit. At the west end of the north wall are 2 strips of wood inscribed: Gilbertus Randall fecit Anno DNI: 1684. There is some C19 coloured glass in the east chancel window Monuments: C13 coffin slab with floriated cross set into floor near the front; marble wall monument on south wall to Mary, only daughter of the Rev John Rogers, Rector of this parish, died 1827 aged 36, erected by her husband. Sources: Church guide.

Listing NGR: SW7877427234


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Church of Saint Mawnan Church Guide


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

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Date: 19 Jan 2003
Reference: IOE01/09760/18
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Rod Allday. Source Historic England Archive
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