Tucoyse Wesleyan Methodist Chapel is
at the south-west corner of the Tucoyse crossroads, a short way
west of Polmassick. It is clearly marked on old maps as Wesleyan
Methodist in 1888 but is not marked as such by 1908, suggesting
that the congregation had moved elsewhere. There seems little
other information available on it, apart from brief online
mentions. Today (2019) the chapel seems to be used as a storage
unit but is clearly remembered as an old chapel.
Polmassick Bible Christian Chapel is
shown on OS maps at this location, just over the lane from a
stream crossing and by the entrance to a vineyard. It is
mentioned as being part of St Ewe's parish. Records list 'Band of
Hope' pledges from 1875, with pew holders from 1892 for what became
Polmassick United Methodist Church here, and a collection
journal until 1961. A 2002 guide book confirms the site, but not
whether the present building is the chapel itself.
The direct road from Polmassick to Kestle turns
sharply south at Kestle Farm. Next is Gilley Lane on the left, and
about 130 metres south of this is the former Kestle Bible
Christian Chapel on the lane's eastern side. It was recorded by
Symons in 1884, and OS maps also record it in 1888, 1908, and 1947.
The present building matches the original's footprint, and now seems
to be a village hall or similar. It is not to be confused with Kestle
Mill Chapel near Newquay.
Gorran High Lanes Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
is on the western side of the Gorran road from Kestle, about 700
metres south of Tregarton Park and directly south of the Trewollla
Farm turning. In 1814 Joseph Lawry of Tregarthen applied to the
bishop of Exeter for a meeting house licence at 'Highlanes'.
Trustees were appointed in 1816, with the chapel building already
seemingly complete. It closed possibly in 1973 and is now a private
The Church of St Michael & All Angels,
Caerhays, lies on the eastern side of the lane, a quick hop to the
west from Gorran. Its date of foundation is not known but on the
north side contains a fine blocked pre-Norman doorway. The church was
originally cruciform in shape and was re-dedicated on 5 October 1259.
Major alterations in the 1400s-1500s included the new tower and three
bells. In decline by 1864 it was partially restored and then again in
The road from Caerhays to Gorran Haven passes
Boswinger Bible Christian Chapel on the southern side.
Archived documents suggest a chapel here in 1829, while the plaque
below the roof suggests a replacement building of 1883. It later
became Boswinger United Methodist Church and then Boswinger
Methodist Church, and baptism records go to 2004. It was purchased
by the surrounding holiday park in 2010 to become a reception and
offices, café, and shop.
All photos on this page by Jo Lewis, with
additional information from Cornwall & the Isles of
Scilly, Rita Tregellas Pope (Hunter Publishing, 2002).