St Anthony's Church, Roseland, Cornwall
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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 nineteenth century. Pevsner thought it 'the best example in the county of what a parish church was like in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries'.
During the twelfth 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 nineteenth 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.
A pair of eccentric churches
A strangely beautiful church
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
Along 200 metre gravel track from lane to the harbour – or on the coastal path down steps. Stone stile at lane has an adjacent 5 bar gate which can be opened. Disabled access via gravel path. Once on gravel path wheel chair users would require assistance down 2 steps at south porch.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
20 miles south west of St Austell, off A3078; opposite St Mawes and 4 miles south of Gerrans
Nearest railway station: Falmouth (2.7 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Devon County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Cornwall, Devon & Dorset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.St Anthony's Roseland Guidebook
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