St Anthony-in-Meneage

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Coordinates: 50°05′20″N 5°06′00″W / 50.089°N 5.100°W / 50.089; -5.100

St Anthony in relation to neighbouring parishes

St Anthony-in-Meneage (Cornish: Lannentenin) is a coastal civil parish and village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The parish is in the Meneage district of the Lizard peninsula. In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 171,[1] decreasing to 168 at the 2011 census.[2]

The village is situated on a peninsula between the Helford River and Gillan Harbour on the west side of Falmouth Bay, five miles (8 km) south of Falmouth and seven miles (11 km) east of Helston at grid reference SW 782 256.[3] It largely consists of a church and holiday lets owned by a local holiday company that is based in the village[citation needed]. The peninsula ends at Dennis Head, the site of an early Celtic fortress.[4]

The parish is divided by Gillan Harbour and the tidal Gillan Creek. The village and parish church are on the north side of Gillan Harbour. South of the harbour are the hamlets of Carne, Flushing (not to be confused with the larger village of Flushing north of Falmouth) and Gillan, and further inland the small ancient settlements of Boden and Trewarnevas. Bosahan House was a late 19th-century country house until it was demolished in the 1950s and replaced by a smaller house.[5][6][7] Bosahan Garden is open to visitors. It was developed by the Grylls family and by Arthur Pendarves Vivian who took over the estate in 1885. In The Gardener magazine it was described as 'the most Cornish of all Cornish gardens' in 1909.[8]

A thatched cottage by the entrance way to Bosahan
St Anthony-in-Meneage parish church Cornwall

The South West Coast Path runs along both shores of Gillan Harbour, and crosses Gillan Creek on stepping stones only passable at low tide. The path then rounds Dennis Head and leaves the parish on the south shore of the Helford River.

St Anthony-in-Meneage lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

Parish church[edit]

The parish church is dedicated to St Anthony and is situated near Gillan Harbour. It is medieval though parts are of different dates, a window in the chancel (Early English) is the earliest and the north aisle with an arcade of plain octagonal piers somewhat later. The tower was built in the 15th century of granite blocks at the west end. The font is ornamented with angels and a Latin inscription and is probably of the 15th century.[9]


  1. ^ ONS Census 2001: Neighbourhood Statistics
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  4. ^ Genuki website
  5. ^ Matthew Beckett Bosahan; England's Lost Country Houses
  6. ^ Ordnance Survey One-inch Map of Great Britain; Truro and Falmouth, sheet 190. 1961
  7. ^ Bosahan Lodge, Gate Piers, Gates and Flanking Walls; British Listed Buildings
  8. ^ Bosahan Garden; Visit Cornwall
  9. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed., revised by Enid Radcliffe. Penguin Books; pp. 155-56 N.B. Pevsner gives the dedication as St Dunstan

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