St Crida

The patron saint of Creed is first recorded as St Crite in the 10th century and may well have been a Cornish saint and possibly the daughter of either King Mark of Cornwall or an Irish king.

About this church

There are traces of a circular churchyard and a 12th century pillar piscina from the Norman church survives. Transepts were added to the Norman nave and choir during the 13th to 14th centuries. Then in the 15th the south aisle replaced the south transept and a tower was built.

Medieval glass in the windows was probably smashed by Parliamentarian soldiers leaving only minor remnants in the tops of the windows. The tower was struck by lightning in 1781 and three of the four pinnacles from the tower were thrown off and fell through the ceiling of the church. Repairs were carried out, but by the early 19th century the church was in a sad state of disrepair.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

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

Other nearby churches

St Probus & St Grace

Visit the church with the tallest tower in Cornwall and see the highly decorative mosaic reredos and both of the well known Hawkins memorials, the marble one inside the church, and the ‘Cavalier’ tomb in the churchyard.

All Saints

At St Ewe village the road widens just a bit at the market cross and mounting steps, through the gate you'll see the camellia developed by Mr Tregunna of Caerhayes and named St Ewe.


St Michael

There is a peal of six bells, three of which are medieval, contained within the ancient tower which was repaired in 1970 when a new buttress was built.

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