St Winwalloe

The village church of St Winwaloe is said to be one of the oldest in Cornwall and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

About this church

Curiously situated at the foot of the sand dunes, with only the rocks of Castle Mound separating it from the sea, the church's detached bell tower is actually embedded in the side of the cliff.

It was originally known as 'the Church of the Storms'. Its precarious position has meant that it has frequently, over the centuries, had to be reinforced by depositing large quantities of granite into the gap between the church and Dollar Cove to break the force of the waves.

Nothing now remains of the original 5th century church which once occupied the site, the present detached bell tower is believed to date from the thirteenth century while the rest of the building is mainly of 15th century origin but was heavily restored in 1869 by Edmund Sedding after incurring heavy damage caused by storms.

In the churchyard stands an early cross which once guided pilgrims across the stream. The church contains two surviving parts of the early sixteenth Century Rood Screen, depicting the Apostles.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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St Michael

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St Breaca

The present church was probably built in the early 12th century and houses an important series of late medieval wall paintings executed shortly after the completion of the church in the mid 15th century.

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