St Anthony's Church, Roseland, Cornwall

Address: St Anthony-in-Roseland, Portscatho, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5EZ
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Our only church in Cornwall!

  • Behind the turreted ancestral home of the Spry family, and looks across the creek to St Mawes.
  • Look out for what appears to be carved woodwork at the top of the walls. In fact it is an ingenious use of Cornish tin, painted to resemble wood.
  • In summer, the churchyard is full of flowers, growing wildly over pretty headstones.

St Anthony-in-Roseland is unusual in that it still has its original Medieval cruciform plan, despite being extensively restored in the 19th century. Pevsner thought it 'the best example in the county of what a parish church was like in the 12th and 13th centuries'.

During the 12th century, much of the land at St Anthony was owned by the Augustinian Priory at Plympton, Devon; it was during this time that the Prior established the church here.

It is thought that the fine Norman doorway was brought here from Plympton Priory, probably by sea. By the 19th century the chancel was in ruins, and Samuel Spry, MP for Bodmin, employed his cousin, the Revd Clement Carlyon, an amateur architect, to oversee the restoration of the church.

Carlyon rebuilt the chancel, and installed the wooden roofs, floor tiles and stained glass. He also designed many of the furnishings, including the chunky pulpit and pews, some of which he may have carved himself.

In the north transept you can see impressive monuments to members of the Spry family, spanning three centuries. The most noteworthy is to Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Spry who died in 1775.

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Road directions

20 miles south west of St Austell, off A3078; opposite St Mawes and 4 miles south of Gerrans

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Falmouth (2.7 miles)

OS Reference No.

SW 855 320

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This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cornwall, Devon & Dorset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Diane Boardman (25 Jul 2012, 23:48)

    Amazing field on the SW coast path. Truely stunning.

  2. Neil Alford (26 Dec 2012, 10:54)

    I visited this church over ten years ago, researching my family history. My great-great grandfather Robert Alford (age 40) married Ann Carkeet (age 28) on 1-Aug-1846 in this church. Their first son, John Alford was baptised on 21-Feb-1847 in this church also. Robert Alford abode was Place Barton when married. They travelled to Melbourne, Australia on the "Tasman" departing Plymouth 15-Jun-1848.
    Finding this church still standing was amazing, I am happy to see that it is still being maintained.

  3. Simon (16 Apr 2014, 13:19)

    A magical quiet corner of the world.

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Community information for St Anthony's Church, Roseland

 

All our Cornwall churches are in CCT’s West region. 

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Visit Cornwall tourism website 

Cornwall Family History Society 

Cornwall Historic Churches Trust 

Destination Cornwall website 

List of Cornwall churches 

Cornwall is in the Diocese of Truro

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St Anthony's Church, Roseland, Cornwall

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Unfortunately, disabled access is not very good as there is a long path and two steps down into the building.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.