St Gluvias

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St Gluvias
St Gluvias Church - - 926738.jpg
St Gluvias Church
St Gluvias is located in Cornwall
St Gluvias
St Gluvias
Location within Cornwall
Population1,668 (2011 census including Burras)
OS grid referenceSW782345
Civil parish
  • St Gluvias
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPENRYN
Postcode districtTR10
Dialling code01326
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°10′19″N 5°06′22″W / 50.172°N 5.106°W / 50.172; -5.106Coordinates: 50°10′19″N 5°06′22″W / 50.172°N 5.106°W / 50.172; -5.106

St Gluvias is a civil parish and settlement in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is now a suburb on the northern edge of Penryn which is two miles (3.2 km) northwest of Falmouth.[1] The parish population at the 2011 census was 1,668.[2]

Church history[edit]

The historic parish church of St Gluvias, dedicated to Gluvias of Cornwall (or Gluviacus) serves the Church of England parish of St Gluvias with Penryn.[3] Gluvias of Cornwall was the son of Gwynllyw the warrior, King of Gwentlog, and a nephew of St Petroc. The church was founded in the 6th century and the parish was in the Middle Ages sometimes called Behethlan or Bohelland.[4] In 1881 the church was in a dilapidated state and in need of thorough repair.[5] It was rebuilt by J. P. St Aubyn in 1883 although the medieval tower survived and is built of blocks of granite. The church contains the brass of Thomas Kyllygrewe, c. 1485.[6] There are also three wall-monuments of interest: Samuel Pendarves, d. 1693, and his wife; William Pendarves, d. 1671, and his wife (both are curiously positioned with the figures which should face each other on either side of the corners of a window opening); and J. Kempe, d. 1711, bust under drapery.[7]

The Wesleyan missionary Benjamin Carvosso was born in this parish. Samuel Argall was buried here on 28 January 1626.

There are two Cornish crosses in the parish; one at Enys and one at Penryn. The cross at Enys was originally at Sancreed and was set up at Enys in 1848. The small cross at Penryn was once built into the fish market; when this was pulled down the cross was saved and resited near the town hall in 1895.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ "population census 2011". Archived from the original on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ "St Gluvias parish". Retrieved 30 November 2009.
  4. ^ Doble, G. H. (1964) The Saints of Cornwall: part 3. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 15-19
  5. ^ "Penryn". The Cornishman (169). 6 October 1881. p. 6.
  6. ^ Dunkin, E. (1882) Monumental Brasses. London, Spottiswoode
  7. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed., revised by Enid Radcliffe. Penguin Books; pp. 177-78
  8. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 47-48 & 177
  • Brown, H. Miles (1945) A Cornish Incumbency, 1741-1776 (John Penrose of St Gluvias). [Wendron?]: H. M. Brown

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