Gunwen Methodist Chapel

Gunwen Methodist Church was built 1869, it lies two miles north of Luxulyan adjacent to Breney Common Nature Reserve and looks towards Helman Tor and is lovely country for a picnic.

About this church

In 1789 William O’Bryan was born at Gunwen. He became a Methodist preacher but in 1815 formed what became The Bible Christian Church. The Bible Christians were strongest in Cornwall, Devon and the Channel Islands though they had a worldwide vision and sent missionaries to China. Among these was Revd Sam Pollard of Camelford who was to witness a mass conversion to Christianity among the minority tribes of Hunan Province in South West China. William O’ Bryan died in 1868 and is buried in New York. Eventually, through church unions in 1907 and 1932 the Bible Christians became united with the mainstream Methodist Church.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church

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