Welcome to Cornwall Historic Churches Trust
CHURCH OF THE MONTH
Marazion Quaker Meeting House
Marazion Quaker Meeting House is the oldest Quaker Meeting House in Cornwall. It is a Grade II* listed building erected in 1688/89 on the site of an earlier burial ground, shortly before the Act of Toleration came into force. The meeting house largely retains its original planform, and some original and historic furnishings and fittings. It has exceptional historical value. It was altered in 1742 and c.1880 and extended in 1961-62 and 2007.
It has strong associations with George Fox, who visited the town in 1655, just before his imprisonment in Launceston gaol. It was in Marazion that he wrote his Epistle to the Seven Parishes. From 1679 the local members of his newly founded denomination met in the house of John Taylor, who in 1687 donated the site for the present meeting house.
The CHCT recently awarded a grant of £4,000 towards renewing the slate roof.
To enable us to offer the invaluable assistance for the preservation of our Cornish heritage, we need every church in the Duchy to support and work with us so that we can be there for all in times of need.
To support more projects, we need more funds and your community can help. If each of our 218 parishes could fundraise just £100 a year for CHCT we would have in excess of £20,000 additional funding to offer annually. Find out more here.
Next CHCT Event
Rather than hold a summer party to raise sorely needed funds this year, the CHCT has come up with an idea to raise some cash, to spread the word about our work, and to recruit new members. The Nare Hotel are providing an incentive of lunch for two at the Quarter Deck as a prize to be drawn at our Annual Meeting. The names of all friends hosting an event whether a lunch, supper, BBQ or any other convivial occasion along with the names of their guests will be included in the draw. Full details of how to take part and assist this initiative can be downloaded here. An invitation that you can use for your event can be downloaded here (A5 size) or here (A4 size).
We have taken the difficult decision to postpone the next Friends Outing until 2022 and to postpone the Annual Meeting to 23rd September. Full details soon.
Next Community Event
We do not have any details of community fundraising events at the moment but will post them here as soon as they come in.
Savills have sponsored the Christmas Party since its inception in 2006 and continued their support despite us having to cancel the event in 2020, like all others, due to Covid. Our heartfelt thanks to them and also to all those who responded to the "non-invitation" with donations totalling in excess of £4,000. Thank you one and all.
A huge thank you to all the communities who raised funds for us last year. Your support really does make a difference and together we can help to keep Cornish churches & chapels open for future generations.
See recent fundraising results here.
EXPLORE CORNISH CHURCHES
Over the years, CHCT has been encouraging individual parishes to write a local history of their church. This is a short, informative piece and is written by the local parish with the help of our historian and archivist.
Is your local church missing from the archive? Full details of how to send us your information are included in the archive here.
Over the past three years, thanks to Joanna Mattingly, we have been privileged to be addressed by renowned experts on different stages of church architectural development. To date we have worked through the Romanesque, Early English and Decorated periods. In 2021 we hope to move on to Perpendicular period. We have records of the lecture notes from each talk which you can view here.
The annual driveabouts are created by Carole Vivian as a way of discovering 3-4 churches in a day. She writes about the history of the buildings and features to look out for and directs you from one church to another with suggestions for good places to stop for lunch en route. Trails from previous years are available for a donation of £5. Find out more here.