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Coordinates: 50°08′N 5°15′W / 50.133°N 5.250°W / 50.133; -5.250

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Wendron Parish Church
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Wendron (Cornish: Gwendron)[1] is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is three miles (5 kilometres) north of Helston.

Church history[edit]

Until the mid 19th century the parish of Wendron included also the town of Helston and the area which became the parishes of Carnmenellis and Pencoys. The parish of Carnmenellis was created in 1846; Helston in 1848; and Pencoys in 1881.[2]

Before 1284 Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, gave the church of Wendron, with its chapels, to Rewley Abbey near Oxford. Before this it had belonged to the earl's manor of Helston which included the whole parish. The church is cruciform but was enlarged in the 15th century and is of great interest.[3]

The holy well of St Wendrona is at Trelill and nearby was her chapel, licensed in 1427, about the same date as the well. At Merther Uny was a quasi-parochial chapel of St Uny with its own cemetery. At Degibma, on Loe Pool, was a chapel of St Degamanus. At Bodilly was a chapel of St Henry. (St Henry the Hermit, died 1120, has a feast day on 16 January.)[4]

The Revd G. H. Doble served for almost twenty years as the Vicar of Wendron (1925–1945). Langdon (1896) recorded the existence of eight stone crosses in the parish, including two at Merther Uny. The church of St Wendrona contains the brass of Warin Penhalluryk, rector of St Just, vicar of Wendron and Stithians, d. 1535.[5]


The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site is partly in Wendron parish. The Long Stone on Prospidnick Hill is just to the east.


  1. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel. Cornish Language Partnership.
  2. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 217
  3. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 217
  4. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 10 & 217-18
  5. ^ Dunkin, E. (1882) Monumental Brasses. London, Spottiswoode

External links[edit]

Media related to Wendron at Wikimedia Commons