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The village church of St. Winwaloe is said to be one of the oldest in Cornwall and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Curiously situated at the foot of the sand dunes, with only the rocks of Castle Mound separating it from the sea, the church’s detached bell tower is actually embedded in the side of the cliff. It was originally known as ‘the Church of the Storms’. Its precarious position has meant that it has frequently, over the centuries, had to be reinforced by depositing large quantities of granite into the gap between the church and Dollar Cove to break the force of the waves.

Nothing now remains of the original fifth century church which once occupied the site, the present detached bell tower is believed to date from the thirteenth century while the rest of the building is mainly of fifteenth century origin but was heavily restored in 1869 by Edmund Sedding after incurring heavy damage caused by storms.

In the churchyard stands an early cross which once guided pilgrims across the stream. The church contains two surviving parts of the early sixteenth Century Rood Screen, depicting the Apostles. The screen was made from wreckage of The St. Antonio (St. Anthony) of Lisbon, captained by Antonio Pacheco, the ship was wrecked at Gunwalloe on Saturday, 19th January, 1527, on the way from Lisbon to Antwerp, the wreck has now been located off Fishing Cove.

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  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 4 years ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Hello Colin

    Thank you very much for your very kind comments.
    much appreciated.

    – mrcoradour

  • Clive
    Cliveover 4 years ago

    Excellent work and writting Malcolm, interesting history my friend

  • Morning Clive,

    Thank you very much indeed for your kind comments,

    – mrcoradour

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thank you

    – mrcoradour

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture and marvellous read, Malcolm! Wonderful work!

  • Good Morniong Mike, Thank you very much foe your always welcome comments,

    Thank you.

    – mrcoradour

  • martinG36
    martinG36over 4 years ago

    great photo… interesting writeup on the church…M was photo taken at low tide ? ?

  • Thank you very much Martin, I took this shot to give an Idea of where the Church is situated on the sands.

    – mrcoradour

  • Nannygoat
    Nannygoatover 4 years ago

    That’s neat, Malcolm… Very neat… I like the other views better, but this one is good, too… L&H…

  • Hello sweetie,

    Thank you very much for stopping by,
    always appreciate your comments.
    Take care.
    hugs
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    – mrcoradour

  • – mrcoradour

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 4 years ago

    A terrific shot Malcolm. The stark landscape is clearly visible in every detail, Bill

  • Hello my good friend,

    Thank you very much for your kind comments,
    much appreciated.

    – mrcoradour

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 4 years ago

    Such an ineresting place, love the history and very nice image!

  • Thank you very much Dear Pamela.

    Yes it is an interesting place to visit, but it’s also very remote.

    – mrcoradour

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! what a lovely scene!!!!! outstanding capture sweetcakes!!!!! XOXOXOXOX

  • Oh Wow your a real sweetie young Cheryl,

    Bless your lttle cotton socks
    hehehe

    – mrcoradour

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Lovely view Malcolm …

  • Thank you very much indeed Tom,

    much appreciated.

    – mrcoradour

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