Welcome to Cornwall Historic Churches Trust
CHURCH OF THE MONTH
St Newlina, St Newlyn East
Sited at the hub of a village which also includes one of Cornwall’s half dozen Methodist preaching pits. The fine late 16th century National Trust house of Trerice lies in this parish but the Bevills, not the Arundells were the late medieval bigwigs. Dedicated by Bishop Bronsecombe in 1259, Newlyn East went through the usual cruciform phase. A gift of a chalice and pix to the church in 1447 could mark the start of the south chapel and aisle, and this unusually retains part of the south transept.
Of especial historical interest are an excellent Norman font of Bodmin-type, medieval pew ends with symbols of the Passion of Christ and heraldic beasts on top, the remains of late medieval catacleuse lantern cross showing Crucifixion scene and a plaster royal coat of arms.
For more of the history see https://www.chct.info/histories/newlyn-east-st-newlina
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. click here to find out more
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.