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Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
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SW 75087 44075


CHACEWATER CHACEWATER SW 74 SE 5/53 Church of Saint Paul 30.5.67 GV II Parish church. 1828 when parish was created out of Kenwyn. Rebuilt 1892, except for tower, to a design by Edmund Sedding of Plymouth. Elvan ashlar and killas, some granite and Polyphant stone dressings. Dry Delabole slate roofs with gable end over east end, adjoining tower at west end plus lean-to aisles to north and south below clerestorey. Restrained Perpendicular style outside, pointed inside. Nave and chancel under 1 roof, west tower, north and south aisles. West entrance front of central 4-stage embattled tower, the second highest in Cornwall with strings dividing stages of diminishing width. Octagonal embattled stair turret to east of north wall rising to higher level. Blocked tower doorway with Perpendicular style Polyphant stone tracery in tympanum of 4-centred arch. Over doorway in 3rd stage is early Perpendicular style 2-light granite window with hoodmould. Similar windows to upper stage with slate louvres. Similar doorway to each aisle flanking tower with 4-centred arch and original 1892 doors. North and south walls of aisles have 1:2:1 bays with 2 central bays broken forward with chamfered corners. Each bay has 3-light flat-headed Perpendicular style windows, those to end bays having hoodmoulds. Trefoil headed lights with original 1892 coloured glass. Similar window to east end of south aisle. Chancel has slightly projecting gable with 5-light limestone window from St Mary's Church Truro, installed by Pearson and with original glass circa mid-late C19. Central figure of Jesus flanked by Saint Philip, Saint John, Saint James the Less and Simon the Zealot. East end of north aisle has doorway like recess with glazed Perpendicular style Polyphant stone tracery in tympanum of 4-centred arch. Clerestorey of nave and chancel has 5 small arch headed windows to north and south. Vestry doorway to east end of south aisle is later insertion. Interior is restrained with exposed killas rubble walling. 5-bay arcades between nave and north and south aisles with octagonal Polyphant stone piers and pointed granite arches. Pointed arch between chancel and alter projection. Pointed rubble tower arch. 1892 waggon roof over nave and chancel. 1892 fittings of Perpendicular style painted freestone font; octagonal pulpit of polychrome polished Serpentine with open arcade on turned shafts, carved lecturn of figure of Saint Paul by Harry Hems of Exeter and simple pitch pine pews with blind arcade carving to ends. Earlier oak and mahogany grained boards in Gothic style within tower, pointed with The Lords Prayer, The Creed and The Ten Commandments. 1 original bell in tower. In 1866 the 'West Briton'of the day reported, "During the thunderstorm on Saturday last (Feb 3rd) Chacewater Church which has recently been repaired was struck by lightning which split the wall from ground to roof. Several windows were smashed into hundreds of pieces being hurled from the west end up to the pulpit, a distance of 90 feet". Information from Church Guide.

Listing NGR: SW7508744075


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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: 16 Aug 2005
Reference: IOE01/14726/04
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Ivor Corkell. Source Historic England Archive
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