Welcome to Cornwall Historic Churches Trust
CHURCH OF THE MONTH
Truro Cathedral, St Mary's Aisle
The building of Truro cathedral started in 1880. It is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture, with an unusual three spires, and is open free of charge to the public 365 days a year. It is the only cathedral in England with a parish church within it – St Mary’s - dating from 1768 and the original building on this site. Now known as St Mary’s Aisle, it is an inspiring place, with a full collection of significant William Warrington stained glass dating from the 1840s and a wonderful ceiling featuring commemorative bosses. St Mary’s Aisle is one of the most important spaces in the cathedral for holding weddings, civic events and community activities, but on rainy days, the roof now leaks prolifically.
The necessary works include renewal of the lead valley gutters; renewal of the Delabole slate roof covering to St Mary’s Aisle and the St Mary’s Aisle Clock Tower low level south gable roof; replacement of roof access ladders; repair of high level Bathstone stonework; and revision of rainwater drainage routes to alleviate frequent blockages. The CHCT awarded a grant of £4,000 towards this work at the September Grants Meeting.
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 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.