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Coordinates: 50°11′43″N 5°24′47″W / 50.19533°N 5.41300°W / 50.19533; -5.41300

sketchmap showing Phillack's location

Phillack (Cornish: Eglosheyl)[1] is a village (and formerly a parish) in west Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is about one mile (1.6 km) northeast of Hayle and half-a-mile (0.8 km) inland from St Ives Bay on Cornwall's Atlantic ocean coast.[2] The village is separated from the sea by a range of high sand dunes known as The Towans.

Phillack has been in the civil parish of Hayle since 1935; before that it was a separate parish in its own right.[3] Phillack parish was originally in Redruth Registration District but the village now comes under Camborne-Redruth Registration District.

There is some dispute over the origins of the name. In the 17th century, Phillack was believed to refer to the Irish Saint Felicitas who is said to have founded Phillack church in the 6th century. However, a 10th-century Vatican codex mentions a Saint Felec of Cornwall who is believed to have lived about the same time and may be dedicatee of the parish church[3]

Parish church[edit]

Phillack church

St Felicitas and St Piala's Church, Phillack was originally the parish church also of Hayle: it was built in the 15th century and rebuilt in 1856 by William White but the tower is original. It is part of the Godrevy Team Ministry [4] The font is probably not medieval; half a coped stone is in the churchyard.[5]


Two early stones have been found embedded in the original village church. One bears a 'Constantine' form of a Chi-Rho cross which may date to the 5th century; it was afterwards rebuilt into the wall directly above the apex of the arch of the doorway of the new church. The second is simple memorial stone bearing the name of "Clo[tualus] [son of] Mo[bra]ttus", dated between the fifth to eighth centuries, and now stands in the churchyard.[6] Arthur G. Langdon (1896) recorded the existence of six stone crosses in the parish, including two in the churchyard. The others were at Copperhouse, at Bodriggy, in a field and in the rectory garden.[7]

5th century Chi-Rho cross (above the door) on Phillack parish church, Cornwall

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) Archived 2013-05-15 at the Wayback Machine : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel Archived 2013-05-15 at the Wayback Machine. Cornish Language Partnership.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  3. ^ a b [1] Archived 2010-08-07 at the Wayback Machine GENUKI website; Phillack. Retrieved June 2010
  4. ^ Phillack Church [2][permanent dead link] Retrieved January 2012
  5. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; p. 141
  6. ^ See the discussion and bibliography in Elisabeth Okasha, Corpus of Early Christian Inscribed Stones of South-west Britain. Leicester: University Press, 1993, pp. 201-207
  7. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard

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