Welcome to Cornwall Historic Churches Trust

About Us

CHCT’s essential task is to support the historic fabric of religious buildings throughout the Duchy. Parishes can apply to us for funds which will go towards the restoration and repairs of Cornish churches.
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Grants

We offer grants, primarily for fabric repairs, to Cornish churches of all denominations which are used as places of worship. Unfortunately we cannot help closed churches or chapels. In February 2023 we launched Grants for a Hostile Climate: Maintenance and Kickstart Scheme which will continue into 2024. Jill Hore from Par PCC writes "We do hope that other churches seize the opportunity to apply, as – like us in Par – the church congregation no longer feels safe climbing on long ladders in order to clear gutters as part of the routine maintenance each year."
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CHURCH OF THE MONTH

St Mellanus Church, Mullion

St Mellanus Church is an ancient Grade 1 listed church situated in the centre of Mullion Village, on the Lizard Peninsula. St Mellanus was bishop at Rennes (Capital of Brittany) and died in the mid-sixth century. He is also honoured in Brittany, and at St Mellion in Cornwall and St Mellons in Wales according to Nicholas Orme’s The Saints of Cornwall (2000).
The church is thought to be no older than the 13th century and this is the date of the font. The north and south aisles are later additions and the north door has a round arch, like a Norman arch, but in this case dating from the 16th century.
It has a number of unusual features such as in the South door there is a small hole at the bottom so called ‘Dog Door’ to allow the farmers’ sheep dogs to leave, a lime ash floor and but the principal beauty of the church is the old oak seats, traditionally supposed to have been carved from timber from the ancient forest now Goonhilly Downs, but as whole oak trees were needed another source is more likely (Bodmin benches were made from wood imported from Wales). On the front of the east-end pews of the nave there are beautifully represented the symbols of the Passion. Other pews include representations of the crucifixion, and Renaissance figures fancifully interpreted as Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate and many others. For more information go to chct.info/histories/mullion-st-mellanus-church/

GET INVOLVED

Beating the bounds at Ladock

Why your support is essential

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.

Cornwall Churches Day

Our main fundraising event is Cornwall Churches Day which can be held at any time during the year. We hope all parishes will get involved and raise some essential funds for both themselves and CHCT.
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£200 was raised for CHCT and the same for Veryan church.
A celebration of cupcakes!

Next CHCT Event

Next Community Event

Recent Fundraising

Our Garden Open Day at Menabilly was a delight for all with perfect summer sunshine and raised £1077.13. Thank you to all who attended and Sir Richard Rashleigh for making it possible.

Thanks to our sponsors Bonhams and Jonathan Cunliffe and all who helped on the night our Christmas Drinks Party at Scorrier on 18th December 2023 raised over £7,000. More information here

A huge thank you to all the communities who raise funds for us. 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

St Winnow, Lostwithiel PL22 0LF

Church Histories

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.

Arches in the Decorated Style

Reading Cornish Churches

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.

Visit an interesting selection of churches on a guided drive

Drive About Tours

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.

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