St John, Cornwall

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St John
Cornish: Sen Yowann
St John is located in Cornwall
St John
St John
 St John shown within Cornwall
Population 375 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SX409536
Civil parish St John
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TORPOINT
Postcode district PL11
Dialling code 01752
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South East Cornwall
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Coordinates: 50°21′40″N 4°14′17″W / 50.361°N 4.238°W / 50.361; -4.238

St John (Cornish: Sen Yowann) is a coastal civil parish and a village in south-east Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Saltash and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south-east of Torpoint.[1]


St John Church

The parish is opposite Plymouth, separated from it by St John's Lake, an inlet of The Hamoaze in Plymouth Sound.[1] St John parish is in the St Germans Registration District and the population in the 2001 census was 375. To the north, the parish is bordered by St John's Lake and to the south by the sea. To the east, the parish is bordered by Millbrook, to the south-east by Maker-with-Rame and to the west by Antony parish.

A few hundred metres north of St John village is an area of high ground called Vanderbands, the site of an Iron Age castle mentioned by John Norden (an English topographer who wrote a series of county histories) in his description of Cornwall published in 1728.[2]

The St John's Lake SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) is designated mainly for its bird interests, with 6000 wildfowl and 10000 waders owerwintering on the mudflats.[3]

Parish church[edit]

The parish church is dedicated to St John (originally it was dedicated to St John the Evangelist but from 1912 the dedication was changed to St John the Baptist). It stands in St John village at OS Grid Ref SX407536.[4]

The church was a Norman foundation but only the low western tower survives from the Norman period. The chancel and nave were rebuilt in the 15th century and subsequently restored.[5]


  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ John Norden's Manuscript Maps of Cornwall and its Nine Hundreds, Ravenhill, University of Exeter, 1972
  3. ^ "St John’s Lake". Natural England. 2 May 1986. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Cornish Parish Churches website
  5. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 113