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Churches of the British Isles

Gallery: Churches of Cornwall

by Jo Lewis, 11 September 2018

Carrick (South-East) Part 10: Churches of Portscatho to Trewartha

Portscatho Methodist Chapel, Portscatho, Cornwall

Portscatho Methodist Chapel is at the eastern end of The Lugger in Portscatho. A chapel was built by William Billing in 1813. The congregation increased, so the current chapel was built in 1822. When Billing died in November 1839 his grieving congregation buried him beneath his pulpit. The chapel prospered and was again expanded in 1867. Now part of the United Reformed Church, Gerren's Methodist congregation has joined it to form Portscatho United Church.

Trewithian (Methodist) Chapel, Trewithian, Cornwall

Trewithian (Methodist) Chapel is long lost. It sits on a map of 1888 in Trewithian, set back on the right-hand side of the modern A3078 road approximately sixty metres to the east of the junction with the Gerrans road. Records indicate the presence of a Wesleyan chapel at Trewithian, but with no additional information. There are newer houses on the site now (2018) with no obvious clue that one of them may be a converted chapel.

Treworlas Wesleyan Chapel, Treworlas, Cornwall

Treworlas Wesleyan Chapel is on the left-hand side of the lane leading through Treworlas itself, to the immediate west of the A3078 road. The building was erected as a Wesleyan chapel in 1816. This and Philleigh Lemon Chapel were amalgamated in 1882, their premises sold, and a new Philleigh Wesleyan chapel was built at White Lanes. Philleigh's archived papers include Treworlas Chapel's trust accounts, dated between 1869-1882. This building is now a private home.

Church of St Symphorium, Veryan, Cornwall

St Symphorium is set far back on the eastern side of central Veryan. Since the thirteenth century the church's dedication has been for this French martyr, but at least one Celtic cross suggests a Dumnonian origin for worship here. There are some Norman features which may have been acquired in the 1830s from the ruined chapel of St Nun in Grampound. In 1897/8 the church was restored again. Later additions include the refurbishment of the Lady Chapel in 1935.

Ebenezer Chapel, Veryan Green, Cornwall

The now-ruined Ebenezer Chapel of Veryan Green lies to the north of the village itself, roughly six or seven hundred metres north on the road to Bessy Beneath. The chapel's tended ruins and overgrowth sit in a field to the left of the road (50 13' 40" N 4 54' 54" W). This Bible Christian Chapel is clearly marked on old OS maps. There is a record of a collection in 1837 and the chapel is still listed in 1901, but there is also a record of it being sold in 1955-1957.

Trewartha Wesleyan Chapel, Trewartha, Cornwall

From the northern end of Veryan Green, follow Green Lane north-eastwards to the next junction about 250 metres away, then head south to the left-hand junction for Trewartha - Trewartha Wesleyan Chapel lies on the right of this junction, down a small lane that's offset from the junction by about ten metres. The chapel became known as Trewartha Methodist Church in 1932, but it was closed down and the premises sold for private business use in 1989.

All photos on this page by Jo Lewis.



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