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Gallery: Churches of Cornwall

by Jo Lewis, 14 April 2017

Carrick Part 4: Churches of Truro, Malpas, St Clement, & Tresillian

Truro Cemetery Chapel

Truro Cemetery Chapel occupies a long strip along the southern side of St Clement's Hill, with the cemetery chapel lying opposite the St Clement's Parc junction. There was originally a very small church burial ground for St Mary's Parish Church in Truro. A new cemetery at the borough's northern extremity was consecrated on 15 July 1780, and expanded in 1805. That no longer exists, and the current municipal burial ground was opened in the nineteenth century.

St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's Church overlooks Malpas Road and the harbour at the southern tip of the peninsula. Reverend Moore, vicar of St Clement, built this small un-consecrated mission church near Victoria Point in 1882. In 1894, his wife paid for a wooden hut adjacent to the church for use as a reading room (it still stands in 2017). The Malpas Village Hall Trust leased the site from the diocese of Truro in 2013, and set up a brand new community venue there called St Andrew's Hall.

St Clement's Church

St Clement's Church lies on the inside of the road as it turns north from this small hamlet to head to Tresillian. The building is Grade 1 Listed and was enlarged during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and then restored in Victorian times. The pinnacle tower has pilasters and mouldings of St Stephen granite. Built in three stages, the second stage is dated 1326, during Edward II's reign. The tower carries a ring of six bells, three of which are of medieval origin.

Tresillian Methodist Chapel

Tresillian Methodist Chapel is the first of three church buildings in Tresillian. It lies on Fairfax Road, visible from the northern side of the main A390 road immediately prior to crossing Tresillian Bridge. This stone building is characteristic of this part of Cornwall, and originally served as Tresillian Wesleyan Chapel. Today, with the various divisions of Methodism having reunited, it serves all the area's Methodists. The building underwent significant refurbishment in 2009.

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church comes next, occupying a site immediately after crossing Tresillian Bridge, on the eastern side of the road. This Gothic Revival church was first built as a chapel-of-ease in 1878 thank to a growing population overfilling the first chapel (possibly now the church hall, below). It has since been rebuilt and the current structure dates from 1904. Most of the fittings were all taken from the, by then, virtually abandoned church of St Coan at nearby Merther.

Tresillian Church Hall

Tresillian Church Hall is also on the eastern side of Tresillian Bridge, next to Holy Trinity Church itself (the track road on the right divides them). A chapel is documented here in 1880, and there is also reference to a Wesleyan chapel which may now be the Methodist chapel (see above). The original chapel was too small so the current chapel-of-ease was built (now Holy Trinity - see above). The former chapel, the building shown here, is now the church hall.

All photos on this page by Jo Lewis.

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