Church of St Nicholas


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Church of St Nicholas, Tresco, Isles of Scilly, TR24 0QD


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Statutory Address:
Church of St Nicholas, Tresco, Isles of Scilly, TR24 0QD

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

Isles of Scilly (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SV 89223 15417


SV81NE 1358-0/1/113

TRESCO Church of St Nicholas

GV II Church. 1877-79 by Thomas Algernon Dorrien-Smith as a memorial for his uncle Augustus Smith who died in 1871. Squared and coursed granite; stone-coped slate roof. Cruciform plan with south-east tower.

Three-bay nave has west rose window with central quatrefoil to gable end and chamfered lancet windows. Similar lancets to transepts and two-bay chancel, which has three lancets to east end; gabled north porch with inner and outer chamfered pointed-arched doorways with decorative hinges to doors.

Tower, of three stages, has similar doorway and lancets and chamfered four-centred and louvred belfry windows with chamfered string course and parapet; pyramidal roof.

Interior: open arch-braced roof set on stone corbels. Marble reredos, given in memory of Walter M.Smith Dorrien d.1924; decorative encaustic tile sanctuary floor; pitch-pine pews, Gothic-style chancel rail and pulpit; coloured marble font on quatrefoil base. C19 and C20 wall memorials to the Dorrien-Smith family. Commemorative plaque in the porch records the names of William Nicholls, head carpenter, and Thomas Chudleigh, head mason.

Fine stained glass windows by C E Kempe include three east lancets with St. Andrew, Crucifixion and St. Nicholas and highly-coloured west window with angels and bells. North transept window by Tower, a pupil and partner of Kempe.

Listing NGR: SV8922315417


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Books and journals
Laws, P, The Buildings of Scilly, (1980), 22
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Cornwall, (1951), 210


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: 24 Sep 2001
Reference: IOE01/05602/22
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Bernard Stradling. Source Historic England Archive
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