St Merryn Cornwall, St Merryn

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Welcome to the parish church of St Merryn near Padstow in Cornwall. On Monday 1st May 2017 we became part of the United Benefice of Padstow, St Merryn and St Issey with St Petroc Minor.  The Rev'd Canon Christopher Malkinson is the incumbent and Rector of the Benefice. We set out to be a church of the Christian family for all ages. We enjoy sharing our services and events with our many visitors. Do join us on Sunday. 

The Parish
This parish, includes more than 5 ½ miles of coastline, with some of the most dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches in Cornwall. Most villages in Cornwall have a ‘Churchtown’ separate from the village, reflecting the fact that in the middle ages the population was totally farm based. All ancient pathways and rights of way centre on the church. Next to the church is the Church Hall with large free car park. Opposite is the Rick Steins Cornish Arms public house.

Church History
It was probably in the second half of the sixth century that the missionary priest Merryn arrived here from Wales, possibly coming up from Padstow or associated with the followers of St. Cadoc who earlier established a chapel just upstream from Harlyn Bay.

The first resident vicar, John de Withiel, was installed on the 2nd July 1259. He would have found a cruciform Norman Church with chancel, nave and tower. An early chronicler described the tower as ‘low and stumpy’ and so it probably remained until the fifteenth century.

The south aisle is separated from the nave by a beautiful arcade of seven pillars and Gothic arches of Cataclews stone, quarried on Trevose Head in 1422. The south porch and two stages of the bell tower were added at the same time.

The Roof
The impressive wagon roof dates from 1422 and has many carved roof boses. Three grotesquely carved roof bosses and the carved oak wall plate along part of the top and south wall are original fifteenth century work and of particular interest.

The beautifull Cataclews stone font has carved panels depicting the twelve apostles.

Charles ll Coat of Arms
Near the North West corner tower steps is the Charles ll Royal Coat of Arms designed and made in plaster in 1662. It was given to the church by Thomas Peter of Harlyn House, who fought gallantly for the royalist cause in the Civil War.

The Bells
The six bells, dated 1796 - 97, are used every Sunday and St. Merryn welcomes visiting ringers. In the ringing chamber the Ringing Rhymes panel depicts various ringing crimes with appropriate penalties.

Parish boundary view Bird's eye view

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Rev. Canon Christopher Malkinson
The Vicarage
Treverbyn Road
PL28 8DN
01841 533776 (Rector) or 01841 520418 (Moira Gill - Church Warden)

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Sunday Service
Every Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly


Bell Ringing Practise
Rise & fall in peal, rounds & changes
May not practise if too few ringers eg Holidays
Every Tuesday at 8:00 PM for 1 hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight

Church Open Daily - Summer 9.30am - 4.30pm Winter 9.30am - 4pm Sunday Service 11am
Hall for Hire Contact Moira Gill 01841 520418. The well maintained Hall is a popular venue and an asset to the community. It has a well appointed kitchen, toilets and disabled facilities. The main hall has a full width stage on its south side. Large free car park.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 2460
Style of worship: C of E
Archdeaconry: CORNWALL (391)
Deanery: PYDAR (39106)
Parish Legal Name: St. Merryn (390155 )
CofE Church Info: (639155 39/155)
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The current editor is: Brian Wood

This page was last updated on Tuesday 2nd May 2017
St Merryn Cornwall : On B3276 2ml SW of Padstow, St Merryn, Cornwall, PL28 8ND

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