St Just in Penwith Parish Church

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St Just in Penwith Parish Church, St. Just
St Just in Penwith Church, St. Just
Coordinates: 50°07′29″N 05°40′44″W / 50.12472°N 5.67889°W / 50.12472; -5.67889
OS grid reference SW371174
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Anglo Catholic
Dedication Saint Just (Yestin)
Parish St Just in Penwith, Cornwall
Deanery Penwith
Archdeaconry Cornwall
Diocese Truro
Province Canterbury
Priest(s) Karsten Wedgewood

St Just in Penwith Parish Church is a parish church in the Church of England located in St Just in Penwith, Cornwall, UK. The church is Anglo-Catholic.


The church is dedicated to St Just; in 1478 William of Worcester reported that the church enshrined the relics of Saint Justus the Martyr. Just, Justin or Yestin was a son of St Geraint.[1][2]

The church of St Just is medieval. There are no remains of the early medieval church and only part of the chancel remains from the church built in 1334 which was dedicated on 13 July 1336 by the Bishop of Exeter, John Grandisson.[3][4][5] The current building dates from the 15th-century. In 1355 the church was given to Glasney College by Sir John de Beaupre together with the church lands of Lafrowda. Medieval chapels in the parish included a chapel of St Helen at Cape Cornwall and a chapel of St Michael on Chapel Carn Brea.[6]


The church is large and built of regular granite blocks. Both the body of the church and the tower are of the 15th-century and the tower is of three stages. The aisles are built to the same design with alternating windows of two different patterns. The arcades have limestone piers. The font is modern but has been described as 14th-century in date. Two medieval wall paintings remain but they are both heavily restored; one portrays St George and the other a warning to breakers of the Sabbath.[7]


List of rectors and vicars

The Selus Stone is thought to date from the late 5th or early 6th-centuries. It bears the Latin inscription Selus Ic Iacet (Selus lies here). This is thought to refer to Salomon of Cornwall, otherwise known as Saint Selevan.

Langdon (1896) recorded the existence of six stone crosses in the parish, including two at the vicarage and two at Kenidjack.


A memorial window to Owen Boyle, the 18 year-old lighthouse keeper, who lost his life at the Longships Lighthouse on 25 October 1877 was installed in April, 1879. Owen who was overwhelmed by a wave and swept into the sea was the fifth death since the lighthouse was completed in 1873.The glass was manufactured by Messrs Eardly and Powell of Dublin.[8][9]



  1. ^ Ellis, P. B. (1992) The Cornish Saints. Penryn: Tor Mark Press, pp. 11-12
  2. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 114
  3. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed., revised by Enid Radcliffe. (The Buildings of England; BE1.) Penguin Books
  4. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 114
  5. ^ Parish Guide from A History, Directory and Gazetteer of the Parish Church of St Just-in-Penwith, Cornwall Andrew Burt, Boleigh Press, 2003.
  6. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 114
  7. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed., revised by E. Radcliffe. Penguin Books; pp. 182-83
  8. ^ "Memorial Window in St Just Church". The Cornishman (40). 17 April 1879. p. 6. 
  9. ^ "The Disaster at Longships Lighthouse". Edinburgh Evening News. 5 November 1877. p. 3. 

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