Godolphin Cross

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Godolphin Cross
St John's Church, Godolphin Cross.jpg
St John's Church
Godolphin Cross is located in Cornwall
Godolphin Cross
Godolphin Cross
Godolphin Cross shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SW607313
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HELSTON
Postcode district TR13
Dialling code 01736
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°08′00″N 5°20′55″W / 50.13344°N 5.34851°W / 50.13344; -5.34851Coordinates: 50°08′00″N 5°20′55″W / 50.13344°N 5.34851°W / 50.13344; -5.34851

Godolphin Cross (Cornish: Krows Hirlan)[1] is a village in the former Kerrier District of west Cornwall, England, UK. It is in the civil parish of Breage, midway between the towns of Hayle and Helston.[2]

Godolphin Cross is on an upland area, part of a geological formation known as the Tregonning-Godolphin Granite. The term refers to the plateau of high ground in this area, one of five granite batholiths in Cornwall (see Geology of Cornwall). One mile west of the village, Godolphin Hill rises to 162 metres (531 ft).[2]

The Godolphin Estate is near the village. It is now wholly owned by the National Trust, and is undergoing extensive renovation. The whole estate and surrounding woodlands are once again open to the public, who were prevented from visiting most of the Estate by the former owners. They have now all been removed completely from the site. Godolphin Primary School serves children from 4 to 11 years and had a roll of 71 children in January 2008.[3] It received a favourable Ofsted report in December 2006.[4]

The Church of St John the Baptist is now redundant. It was designed by James Piers St Aubyn and built in 1849-50.[5] In 2006, an application was received by Kerrier District Council to convert the church into a private dwelling.[6]

There is a Cornish cross in the churchyard. In 1886 it was moved the churchyard having been found in use as a gatepost on the Chytodden estate.[7]


  1. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel Archived May 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. Cornish Language Partnership.
  2. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  3. ^ "Godolphin Primary School website". 
  4. ^ Ofsted. "Report for Godolphin Primary School" (PDF). [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Pevsner, N. Cornwall, (Buildings of England series) (1951; 1970) (rev. Enid Radcliffe) Penguin Books ISBN 0-300-09589-9; p. 73
  6. ^ "Planning Applications, Kerrier DC July 2006: PA06/01187/F" (PDF). Kerrier District Council. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 252-53