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St Akeveranus Graveyard

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St Akeveranus Graveyard - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken from the churchyard of St Akeveranus church in St Keverne. The picture shows the numerous ancient tombstones within the graveyard here as well as the view over the Cornish countryside.

St Akeveranus Graveyard - FURTHER INFORMATION

St Akeveranus Graveyard - Lizard Peninsula visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'St Akeveranus Graveyard' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Cornwall.

St Akeveranus Church stands in St Keverne, a village on the eastern side of Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. The village is known as 'Lannaghevran' in Cornish, and the church is often referred to as 'St Keverne Church'.

The Church of St Akeveranus is one of the largest parish churches in Cornwall, and, even though St Keverne village is small, has a large graveyard, full of dead sailors whose ships were wrecked on the treacherous coastline. Unusually for Cornish churches, St Akeveranus has a tall spire on top of the tower. This may have been erected to help sailors avoid the Manacles Reef, a low submerged reef that has claimed countless ships over the ages.

The first, wooden, church was built on this site by Keiran, a Celtic monk around 600AD. This was followed by a more peremenant Saxon church which was destroyed by the Normans. The current church dates from the mid 15th century and the 38 foot high, octagonal ribbed spire from the 1770's, being rebuilt immediately after the previous one was destroyed by lightning. The tower on which the spire stands is about 60 feet high.

inside St Keverne's visitors will find a the church has aisles down each side of the nave. The church has an impressive wagon roof, elaborately carved bench ends and a mural of St Christopher. Some of the stone used for the pillars is thought to have come from Brittany.


Train: Falmouth Station and then drive.
Car: St Keverne is 11 miles from Helston and about 18 miles from Falmouth on country lanes. It is 11 miles northeast of Lizard Point.

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