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St Akeveranus Church
 

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St Akeveranus Church - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken inside St Akeveranus church in St Keverne. The picture, taken form the nave of the church, shows some of elaborately carved pew-ends and pillars of multi-coloured stone that line the nave.

St Akeveranus Church - FURTHER INFORMATION

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

The current St Akeveranus church in St Keverne, Cornwall, was built in around the 1450's, though the first church to stand here was a wooden one built by Keiran, a Celtic monk in around 600AD. Inside the church has a single nave with aisles of the same length on either side. The columns along the nave are made of different coloured stones, some of which are thought to have come from Brittany as there is no local stone like it. The pew ends are elaborately carved.

In 1839, a mural of St Christopher, patron saint of travellers, was discovered under whitewash, and was restored. Behind the altar is the stained glass Mohegan Memorial Window, installed by the owners of the SS Mohegan which sank off the Manacles in 1898. The church also contains a memorial to a victim of the Titanic.

The Manacles are a low lying reef, about a mile off shore. They may be the reason why St Akeveranus has a 38 foot, octagonal spire built on top of the church tower. A spire is unusual for Cornish churches, but is clearly visible from sea and may have helped ships sailing along the coast. It was certainly deemed important, being rebuilt immediately in 1770 when the previous spire was destroyed by a lightning strike. The church cemetery bears witness to the dangerous nature of the seas here, filled with the graves of over 400 sailors.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

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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