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HER Number:30760
Name:MORVAH - Medieval church


Morvah parish church.

Grid Reference:SW 4022 3544
Parish:Morvah, Penwith, Cornwall
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Protected Status

  • Listed Building (II) 70526: CHURCH OF SAINT MORVAH

Other References/Statuses

  • OS No. (OS Quarter-sheet and OS No.): SW43NW 28
  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 30760
  • SMR No. (OS Quarter-sheet and SMR No.): SW43NW 135

Monument Type(s):

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Full description

The parish of Morvah is still, as it has always been, a chapelry to Madron. Henderson notes that it is probably the chapel of St Bridget mentioned in 1390 (b1). St Morwetha is named in the C14, and lands surrounding the church are called Merther showing that they date from Celtic times (b2). The church of the C15 contained a chancel, nave and aisle. The west tower of two stages is all that remains, and the present building was completed in 1828. It contains a nave and chancel in rough granite, without aisles and in Pevsner's opinion meant to be Cornish and medieval from the outside, though this is not consistent with the style of the window tracery.

1992, Decoding Cornish Churchyards (Cornwall Event Report). SCO27050.

<1> Henderson, C, 1925, The Cornish Church Guide, 166 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3512.

<2> Henderson, C, 1955-60, Ecclesiastical Antiquities of the 109 parishes of West Cornwall & Ecclesiastical History of the 4 Western Hundreds, 356-357 (Article in serial). SCO3499.

<3> Pevsner, N, 1951, The Buildings of England: Cornwall, 121 (Bibliographic reference). SCO4126.

<4> Brown, HM, 1973, What to Look for in Cornish Churches, 126 (Bibliographic reference). SCO2921.

Sources / Further Reading

---SCO27050 - Cornwall Event Report: 1992. Decoding Cornish Churchyards.
[1]SCO3512 - Bibliographic reference: Henderson, C. 1925. The Cornish Church Guide. 166.
[2]SCO3499 - Article in serial: Henderson, C. 1955-60. Ecclesiastical Antiquities of the 109 parishes of West Cornwall & Ecclesiastical History of the 4 Western Hundreds. JRIC (NS) Vol 2 (part 3 & 4) Vol 3 (part2 &4). 356-357.
[3]SCO4126 - Bibliographic reference: Pevsner, N. 1951. The Buildings of England: Cornwall. 121.
[4]SCO2921 - Bibliographic reference: Brown, HM. 1973. What to Look for in Cornish Churches. 126.

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Related records: none recorded


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