Cardinham, St Meubred

St_Meubreds_church_CardinhamProbably dedicated to locally-born saint Meubred, who was reinvented as an Irish prince, see Lanreath.  A stained glass image of Meubred carrying an extra head in his hands can be seen at St Neot.  TheWills family of Cardinham took the name Meubred as their Christian name in the 16th and 17th century.  Although this church appears to be complete, there is no north chapel.

  1. Churchyard four holed cross – the finest of its type in Cornwall.  Found with a wayside cross, also now on display in churchyard.  Both recycled as building blocks for 15th century chancel, see St Kew.  When a bomb dropped here in 1942 another four-holed cross fragment came to light, but this has been lost.
  2. Inscribed foundation stone of 1200s date recycled as sedilia.
  3. 14th century Easter sepulchre or Meubred’s tomb with niche above.
  4. Early brass of Thomas Awmarle , priest, c.1400.  Shown in civilian dress with a sword.  Attacks on clergy were common and Awmarle was taking no chances.
  5. Green man roof boss and superb wagon roofs; never plastered over.
  6. Two fonts – Norman of square form and Classical Georgian with lid.
  7. Letter from Charles I to loyal parishes painted on boards c.1660.  See Lanreath etc.
  8. One of best plaster Royal coats of arms in Cornwall of 1661, perhaps by Abbot family of Devon.
  9. Bench ends include arms of the Glynn family – a five pronged eel spear.
  10. Farm chest with sybils and Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.  The latter panel is replicated on a chest at Buckland Abbey.
  11. Colourful Glynn monument of 1699 at east end of south aisle and earlier worn slate slabs at back of church from a possible Bodmin workshop.

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