St Ervan

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Coordinates: 50°29′38″N 4°58′26″W / 50.494°N 04.974°W / 50.494; -04.974

St Ervan church

St Ervan is a rural civil parish and hamlet in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The hamlet is situated three miles (5 km) southwest of Padstow.[1] St Ervan is named after St Erbyn, the original patron of the church, who is said to have been the father of St Selevan.[2] Notable features in St Ervan are the Anglican church, the village hall and the Nonconformist cemetery. The parish population at the 2011 census was 521.[3] In addition to the hamlet of St Ervan, also called Churchtown, the parish incorporates the hamlets of Penrose and Rumford.

The parish church is dedicated to St Hermes[4] and has a very unusual tower which was originally 50 feet (15 m) high and was built in the 14th/15th centuries. The upper part was brought down by explosives in the 1880s, but it was not properly capped until 1956 and now stands 24 feet (7 m) high. The English poet, Sir John Betjeman mentioned the church in his poem "Summoned by Bells" (1960), chapter VIII.

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  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  2. ^ Ellis, P. B. (1992) The Cornish Saints. Penryn: Tor Mark Press, p. 11
  3. ^ "parish population 2011". Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 93

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