St Carantoc's Church, Crantock

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St Carantoc's Church, Crantock
St Carantoc's Church, Crantock
St Carantoc's Church, Crantock is located in Cornwall
St Carantoc's Church, Crantock
St Carantoc's Church, Crantock
Location in Cornwall
Coordinates: 50°24′12″N 5°06′39″W / 50.4032°N 5.1107°W / 50.4032; -5.1107
OS grid reference SW 790 605
Location Crantock, Cornwall
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Carantoc, Crantock
History
Dedication St Carantoc
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 24 October 1951
Architectural type Church
Style Norman, Gothic
Specifications
Materials Slatestone and granite rubble with granite dressings
Slate roofs
Administration
Parish Crantock
Deanery Pydar
Archdeaconry Cornwall
Diocese Truro
Province Canterbury

St Carantoc's Church, Crantock is in the village of Crantock, Cornwall, England. Since 1951 the church has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[1] It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Truro, the archdeaconry of Cornwall and the deanery of Pydar. Its benefice is combined with that of St Cubert.[2]

History[edit]

A church existed on the site before the Norman Conquest and dates back to the time of St Carantoc in the 6th century.[3] The earliest features of the existing church are Norman. A collegiate church was founded on the site by Bishop William Briwere of Exeter in the early 13th century. In 1224 the choir was reconstructed and a tower was added. In 1412 the tower collapsed and was rebuilt.[4] A memorial brass in Tintagel Parish Church commemorates Joan (d. 1430s?), mother of John Kelly who was vicar of Tintagel 1407-1427 and afterwards dean of Crantock.[5]

Following the dissolution of the monasteries the college was closed.[6] In the 18th century the roofs and windows were restored. This was followed by a Victorian restoration in the late 19th century and another restoration between 1902 and 1907 by Edmund H. Sedding.[1] When he died in 1921 Sedding was buried in the churchyard.

Architecture[edit]

Exterior[edit]

The church is built in slatestone and granite rubble with granite dressings and slate roofs. Its plan consists of a west tower, a nave with north and south aisles, north and south transepts, a chancel and a south porch. The tower is in three stages, with each stage being set back and angle buttresses up to the second stage. The parapet is corbelled and embattled. The tower has a west doorway above which is a 19th-century Perpendicular style window. On the south side of the second stage is a clock face. The interior of the church has plastered walls and a slate floor. The arcades contain some Norman architecture. In the west wall of the north transept is a blocked 12th-century doorway.[1]

Interior[edit]

In the south aisle is a piscina dating from the 19th century. The font dates from the 12th century. The communion rail dates from the 17th century and the wooden pulpit from the 19th century. The stained glass is from the 19th century although there are fragments of medieval glass in the sacristy.[1] The rood screen dates from 1905 and was carved by Mary Rashleigh Pinwell.[6] The church plate includes a silver chalice dated 1576. The parish registers date from 1559.[4] There is a ring of six bells. Three of these are dated 1767 by John III and Fitzantony II Pennington and the other three were cast in 1904 by John Taylor and Company.[7]

External features[edit]

In the churchyard are a number of objects which are listed at Grade II. These include a medieval stone coffin,[8] and four monuments.[9][10][11][12] Also in the churchyard are a granite cross dating from the 19th century which is set on a granite base probably dating from before the Norman Conquest,[13] and stocks dating from the 17th century which are set under a 20th-century gabled roof on granite piers.[14] The lychgate at the south entrance to the churchyard dates from the late 19th century.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d English Heritage, "Church of St Carantoc, Crantock (1327391)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 13 October 2013 
  2. ^ St Carantoc, Crantock, Church of England, retrieved 18 October 2009 
  3. ^ Lives of the Cambro British saints, p. 396, 1853, Rev. William Jenkins Rees
  4. ^ a b Crantock Church, Cornwall, Cornwall Calling, retrieved 19 January 2008 
  5. ^ Dunkin, E. (1882) Monumental Brasses. London: Spottiswoode
  6. ^ a b Sackett, Eliza (ed.) (2006), British Churches, London: Bounty Books, p. 9, ISBN 0-7537-1442-6 
  7. ^ Crantock S Carantoc, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 13 August 2008 
  8. ^ English Heritage, "Coffin in the churchyard about 7 metres south of south aisle of Church of St Carantoc, Crantock (1137273)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 13 October 2013 
  9. ^ English Heritage, "George monument in the churchyard about 23 metres south of nave of Church of St Carantoc, Crantock (1312396)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 13 October 2013 
  10. ^ English Heritage, "Johns monument in the churchyard about 30 metres southeast of chancel of Church of St Carantoc, Crantock (1144153)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 13 October 2013 
  11. ^ English Heritage, "Martyn monument in the churchyard about 25 metres southeast of chancel of Church of St Carantoc, Crantock (1144154)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 13 October 2013 
  12. ^ English Heritage, "Unidentified monument in the churchyard about 5 metres south of nave of Church of St Carantoc, Crantock (1144152)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 13 October 2013 
  13. ^ English Heritage, "Cross in the churchyard of Church of St Carantoc, Crantock (1327372)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 13 October 2013 
  14. ^ English Heritage, "Stocks in the churchyard about 3 metres north of north transept of St Carantoc, Crantock (1327392)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 13 October 2013 
  15. ^ English Heritage, "Lychgate at the south entrance to the churchyard of St Carantoc, Crantock (1137281)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 13 October 2013 

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