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Gallery: Churches of Cornwall

by Jo Lewis, 15 November 2019

Restormel (South) Part 8: Churches of Pentewan, Trenarran & Porthpean

Pentewan Bible Christian Chapel, Cornwall

Pentewan Bible Christian Chapel. North Road, was the location for the replacement to the Glentowan Road chapel (see links). It was built in 1889 and can be seen on the 1908 OS map for the area. An old Francis Froth photo of the chapel exists, with the Methodist chapel visible in the background on Pentewan Hill (see below). On 28 August 1942 two bombs fell on Pentewan, destroying the chapel. A photo of the aftermath can be seen in another old Francis Frith photo.

All Saints Church, Pentewan, Cornwall

All Saints Church, Pentewan, The Terrace, completed in 1821 was built by Sir Christopher Hawkins as part of his long campaign to improve the village
The south wall of the church is possibly Norman. Some authentically Tudor and Jacobean windows, which came from ruins of Polrudden manor, were utilized.

All Saints was not an initial success, used only for a short period before being converted for use as a sail loft and carpenters shop. In 1878 the building was repaired and returned to its original use and remains a place of worship today as a Mission Church to the St Austell Holy Trinity.Current practice is that three services a year are provided - at Christmas, Easter and Harvest, as requested by the villagers.

Pentewan Hill Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Cornwall

Pentewan Hill Wesleyan Methodist Chapel x

Link to here for Pentewan Hill WMC from Glentowan Road Methodist Chapel, Restormel Part 7

This building can be seen on right as you ascend out of the village up Pentewan Hill.
The first non-conformist meetings in Pentewan were recorded in the 18th century with a Methodist preaching house established. This became a pilchard cellar by 1810. The first purpose-built Methodist chapel built in 1820 as part of the Glentowan Road developments is now the village hall(see before)

This new Wesleyan Chapel and Sunday school was built 1880 reportedly on the site of an older building which may have been the old preaching house. The Methodist Chapel is converted to flats. It can clearly be seen above the village and in old photos of Pentewan.

A Francis frith photo from 1904 shows the new Bible Christian Chapel in North Road (see other) and the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at this site.

Trenarren Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Cornwall

Trenarren Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Trenarren (Ledra), Heading down towards Trenarren there is a fork in the road and this building can be seen down the left fork. The area is also known as Ledra

The chapel is marked on old maps as a Wesleyan Methodist chapel.
This is now a private house. Planning documents suggest that this chapel originates from 1815. It is believed that it was converted from a chapel to a house in the early 1970s. In addition, a long term resident of Trenarren has stated in a letter that she recalls attending the Sunday School held in the chapel building in the 1950s .

Porthpean Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Cornwall

Porthpean Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, This Wesleyan Methodist Chapel is marked clearly on older maps in the plot next to the Porthpean St Levan's church (See other). This building is no longer present on 1907 maps.

This residence is now built on the plot

There is no other information

St Levan, Porthpean, Cornwall

St Levan's Church, Higher Porthpean, Easily found as you drive into Higher Porthpean, St Levan is a grade 2 listed building and an Anglican mission church

The site, and indeed the whole village once formed part of the Sawle estate and the church was built by the Sawle family at its own expense as a private chapel. The foundation stone was laid in 1884 by James Arther Reeve, funded by Sir Charles Brune Graves Sawle, 2nd Baronet. It was built using local stone and slate and consecrated on 22 October 1885 by the Bishop of Truro, George Wilkinson. The church of St Levan, Porthpean became part of the diocese in 1973 and in its small private graveyard are granite memorials to a number of the Sawle family.

All photos on this page by Jo Lewis.

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