St Elwyn's Church, Hayle

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St Elwyn’s Church, Hayle
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St Elwyn’s Church, Hayle
Coordinates: 50°11′15.26″N 5°25′12.94″W / 50.1875722°N 5.4202611°W / 50.1875722; -5.4202611
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSt Elywn
Consecrated9 October 1888
Heritage designationGrade II* listed[1]
Architect(s)John Dando Sedding
Groundbreaking5 August 1886
Completed9 October 1888
Length101 feet (31 m)
Width64 feet (20 m)
Height88.5 feet (27.0 m)
DioceseDiocese of Truro
ProvinceProvince of Canterbury

St Elwyn’s Church is a Grade II* listed[1] parish church in the Church of England Diocese of Truro in Hayle, Cornwall, England, UK.


The foundation stone was laid by Miss Susan Hockin, sister of the rector of Phillack, on 5 August 1886.[2] It was built to designs of the architect John Dando Sedding. The general style is Early English Gothic, but the large west window is of the Decorated Gothic style, as is the upper portion of the tower. The bold projecting balcony of the musicians’ gallery forms a striking feature. The altar, choir-stalls and nave seats were carved by Mr. Stanlake of Plymouth. The pulpit was made by James Richard of Hayle. The tower took its inspiration from Lostwithiel church. The slate roof terminated with a wrought iron finial carrying a vane. The finial was from Holman and Sons foundry at St Just. The blacksmith’s work was done by Mr. Richards of Hayle. The stone for the church came from the Tregenhorne quarry. The dressed stone was Breage granite. Corsham stone was used for the arcades and the choir screen, which includes courses of Polyphant stone. The font is entirely of Polyphant stone. It was consecrated on 9 October 1888.[3]

Parish status[edit]

The church is in a joint parish served by the Godrevy team ministry with:


The church contains an organ by William Sweetland of Bath dating from 1875. This was purchased for £200 by subscription in advance of the opening of the church. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[4]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Elwyn  (Grade II*) (1143688)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. ^ "A New Church for Hayle. Laying the foundation stone of St Elwyn". Cornishman. Falmouth. 12 August 1886. Retrieved 29 September 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "Consecration of St Elwyn's Church, Halye". Cornishman. Falmouth. 11 October 1888. Retrieved 29 September 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "NPOR E00195". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 28 September 2015.