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Gallery: Churches of Cornwall

by Peter Kessler, 11 November 2012

Restormel (North) Part 11: Churches of Newquay

Newquay Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel

The Newquay Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel sits on the south-west corner of Marcus Hill and St Michael's Road. Newquay was too small to have its own church at first. Originally recorded as 'New Kaye', its population around the little harbour had to go to the parish church of St Columb Minor. In 1858, the Reverend Nicholas Chudleigh built a chapel of ease in the heart of Newquay (pictured here), which became known as St Michael's. It gained a parish in 1882.

Newquay Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel

By 1896, the church had gained north and south aisles, but was far too small for the summer visitors. The modern church was built on a new site and opened in 1911. The old church was demolished to make way for a branch of Woolworth's (by 2012 the site was occupied by Poundland and Peacock's). The tower was added in the 1960s. Disaster struck on 29 June 1993 when the roof and much of the interior was destroyed by fire. It took three years to repair the damage.

Elim Church, Newquay, Cornwall

Elim Church stands at the north-east corner of Marcus Hill and Seymour Avenue, diagonally opposite from St Michael's Church (see above). The main church entrance is now on Seymour Street (seen in the near distance to the right of this photo), while the former hall is now the Source Cafe. Shown as a hall on old maps, the church first registered a 'hall above garage' on Marcus Hill in 1957 (possibly the building next door). Solar panels were installed around 2011.

Steps Chapel, Newquay, Cornwall

The Steps Chapel was more officially known as the United Methodist Chapel. It lies on the eastern side of Marcus Hill, overlooking the junction at Manor Road. The first Methodist preaching at Newquay was recorded by Richard Treffy in 1802. This chapel was built in 1865 to replace the old one at Crantock Street (see below), at which time it had the nickname of 'Spite & Envy'. It was closed in 1892, replaced by the present church on Beachfield Avenue (see below).

Newquay (United) Methodist Church, Cornwall

Newquay (United) Methodist Church is on the eastern side of Beachfield Avenue, a few metres north of the Bank Street junction. This was the fourth church for the Methodists, the second being on Crantock Street (see below) and the third on Marcus Hill (see above). It opened in 1892 to replace the Steps Chapel (see above), but soon faced competition from the new East Street church of 1904. However, both church buildings survive to the present day.

Newquay United Reformed Church, Cornwall

Newquay United Reformed Church stands at the north-west corner of Bank Street and The Crescent, with its back to Newquay's main beach. The building was constructed in 1888 as Newquay Congregational Chapel, but the church was registered for weddings as early as 1870. It began a Sunday School in 1883, and added a church hall in 1902. Dormer windows were added to the building in 1908, but the building burnt down in 1924. It was rebuilt the following year.

Newquay Christian Centre, Wesley Campus, Cornwall

Newquay Christian Centre, Wesley Campus dominates the southern side of East Street, about fifty metres west of Grosvenor Avenue. It was constructed as Newquay Wesley Church in 1904 by the members of the 1852 Wesley Methodist Chapel on Wesley Hill, which was now too small for purpose. The building, designed by Bell, Withers, and Meredith of London, was apparently scheduled to be converted into flats around 2009 before being rescued.

Salvation Army, Newquay, Cornwall

The Salvation Army building is at the south-west corner of St George's Road and Crantock Street. It was originally built as Crantock Street Methodist Chapel in 1833, the second such Methodist building in Newquay. Some members left in 1852, while the rest moved to the Steps Chapel (see above) in 1865. Following a visit by General Bramwell Booth in 1924, the building was taken over by the Army in 1926, just as the mineral railway it overlooked was being closed down.

Newquay Reformed Baptist Church, Cornwall

Newquay Reformed Baptist Church hides at the southern end of Broad Street at Chapel Hill, overlooking the western arm of Manor Road. This is the oldest religious building in Newquay, and was founded in 1822 as Ebenezer Baptist Chapel. At that time, Chapel Hill was called Wesley Hill, and the Methodists opened the Wesley Methodist Chapel nearby in 1852 (see above). The Baptist chapel was rebuilt in 1875 and continues in use today.

Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Newquay, Cornwall

The Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity Newquay lies at the south-west corner of Tower Hill and Toby Way, overlooking the golf course on its western side. The church was built in 1903, and a Catholic school was opened some way away, on Mount Wise at the southern edge of the town, in 1904. A gallery was added to the church in 1907. Until 1985 it was dependent on monks from Bodmin, but after that year it became part of the Catholic diocese of Plymouth.

Nine photos on this page by P L Kessler.



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