Feock, Cornwall

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Feock is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
Population3,708 (Civil Parish, 2011 including Bissom)
OS grid referenceSW824384
Civil parish
  • Feock
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTRURO
Postcode districtTR3
Dialling code01872
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°12′22″N 5°03′00″W / 50.206°N 5.050°W / 50.206; -5.050Coordinates: 50°12′22″N 5°03′00″W / 50.206°N 5.050°W / 50.206; -5.050

Feock (/ˈfɒk/ FEE-ok;[1] Cornish: Lannfyek)[2][3] is a coastal civil parish and village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Truro at the head of Carrick Roads on the River Fal.[4] To the south, the parish is bordered by Restronguet Creek and to the east by Carrick Roads and the River Fal. To the north it is bordered by Kea parish and to the west by Perranarworthal parish.[5]

Feock parish includes the villages of Carnon Downs, Chycoose, Devoran, Goon Piper, Harcourt, Killiganoon, Penelewey, Penpol, Porthgwidden, Restronguet Point, Trevilla, and Trelissick. The electoral ward is called Feock and Kea. At the 2011 census it had a population of 4,511 whereas the civil parish including Bissom has a population of 3,708 only.[6]

The garden of the Trelissick Estate is a National Trust property. The King Harry Ferry takes cars across the Fal to Philleigh and the Roseland Peninsula.[7]

Feock lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation.

The Duchy Grammar School was built as a house named Tregye in 1809 for William Penrose; in the late 19th century it was extended and remodeled. A 20th-century extension obscures the original entrance.[8]

Parish church[edit]

The Parish Church is dedicated to Saint Feoca, about whom very little is known. Although the saint is usually assumed to have been female, Hals described a stained glass window in the church with St Feock portrayed as a man.[9] The church has a 13th-century tower and font, the remainder being 19th-century.[10] As late as 1640, according to Hals, the sacrament was administered by the Reverend William Jackson in Cornish as the people understood no other language.[11][12] Feock feast was observed on 2 February.[13]

There are two Cornish crosses in the parish: one is in the churchyard and the other at Trelissick. The cross in the churchyard probably dates from the 13th century (it has a crude crucifixus figure on one side of the head and a foliated cross on the other). The cross at Trelissick was moved from Tredrea in the parish of St Erth in the 1840s; it has a crude crucifixus figure on the front of the head but the back is defaced. It had been found in a field called "Parc an Grouse".[14][15]

Thomas Lobb, Victorian botanist and plant hunter is buried in Devoran churchyard. Trelissick Garden has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1955 when it was donated by Ida Copeland following the death of her son Geoffrey; Mrs. Copeland donated a stained glass memorial window (bearing the Copeland coat of arms) to the parish church of Feock.


Feock is twinned with:



  1. ^ Pointon, G.E. (1983). BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names. Oxford University Press. p. 91. ISBN 0192129767.
  2. ^ "Cornish Language Partnership : Place names in the SWF". Magakernow.org.uk. Archived from the original on 15 May 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130515071635/http://www.magakernow.org.uk/idoc.ashx?docid=79ba408d-7c02-499e-8cd6-b18dd48de58d&version=-1. Archived from the original on 15 May 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  5. ^ [1] Archived May 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "2011 Census". Genuki.org. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  7. ^ "GENUKI article on Feock". Genuki.org. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  8. ^ Beacham, Peter; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2014). The Buildings of England. Cornwall. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300126686; p. 198
  9. ^ Doble, G. H. (1964) The Saints of Cornwall: part 3. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 53-56
  10. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. rev. Enid Radcliffe. Penguin Books (reissued by Yale U. P.) ISBN 0-300-09589-9; p. 68
  11. ^ Hals Parochial History of Cornwall. (Unpublished Manuscript). In E. D. Marquand (1882) "Meetings of the Society". Transcriptions of the Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society.
  12. ^ Victor, Bernard (1 May 1879). "An Essay of the Ancient Cornish Language, With a Glossary". The Cornishman (42). p. 6.
  13. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 10
  14. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 153-54 & 277-78
  15. ^ Langdon, A. G. (2002) Stone Crosses in Mid Cornwall; 2nd ed. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies; p. 38
  16. ^ "Find your local association - Twinning Committee for Cornwall". Twinningcommitteeforcornwall.weebly.com. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  17. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns [via WaybackMachine.com]". Archant Community Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Feock Local History Society Group (1975). Feock with Devoran and Carnon Downs. Exeter: University of Exeter. OCLC 561223824.
  • North, C. D. (2003). St. Feock: the saint, the church, the parish. - leaflet available from parish church

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