St Grada

The church of St Grada and Holy Cross has medieval origins, but apart from the tower, the present structure dates from 1862 to 1863.

About this church

The church was built to the designs of the architect Edward William Godwin of Bristol. The font from the previous church was retained. The serpentine and Caen pulpit was the gift of the Lizard Serpentine Company. The lectern was the gift of Mr Cox, the agent of the company.

The parish was called St Cross in 1261, but by 1310 it was known as St Grada, Virgin. The font dates from the 13th century and the church contains a brass to James Eryssy and his wife, 1522.

Parts of the church, which is built in the Decorated style, are of 13th century origin; the tower dates from around 1400, but the 13th and 14th century nave and chancel were rebuilt in 1862, incorporating some of the original structure.

The construction is mainly of rubble stone, with some large blocks of granite and serpentine in the tower. There are separate slated, steeply sloping roofs for the nave, chancel, vestry and porch. The unbuttressed tower is at the west end and has two stages.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

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

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