St Gluvias

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Coordinates: 50°10′19″N 5°06′22″W / 50.172°N 5.106°W / 50.172; -5.106

St Gluvias Church

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 situated two miles northwest of Falmouth.[1] The parish population at the 2011 census was 2,548.[2]

Church history[edit]

The historic parish church of St Gluvias,[3] dedicated to Gluvias of Cornwall (or Gluviacus) serves the Church of England parish of St Gluvias with Penryn, Cornwall. 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] The present church is a recent construction by J. P. St Aubyn in 1883, though the tower is medieval: it is made of blocks of granite. The church contains the brass of Thomas Kyllygrewe, ca. 1485.[5] 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.[6]

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

See also[edit]

Former Methodist chapel at Laity Moor, now a Greek Orthodox church


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  2. ^ "population census 2011". 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. ^ Dunkin, E. (1882) Monumental Brasses. London, Spottiswoode
  6. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed. Penguin Books; pp. 177-78
  • Brown, H. Miles (1945) A Cornish Incumbency, 1741-1776 (John Penrose of St Gluvias). [Wendron?]: H. M. Brown

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