St Ia's Church, St Ives

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St. Ives Parish Church, Cornwall
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St Ia's Church, St Ives
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Liberal Catholic
Website St Ives Church Home
Dedication Ia of Cornwall
Heritage designation Grade I listed[1]
Designated 4 June 1952
Parish St Ives, Cornwall
Deanery Penwith
Archdeaconry Cornwall
Diocese Truro
Province Canterbury
Vicar(s) Revd Andrew Gough

St Ia, St. Ives Parish Church, St Ives is a parish church in the Church of England located in St Ives, Cornwall. It is dedicated to Saint Ia of Cornwall, a 5th- or 6th-century Irish saint, and is a Grade I listed building.[1]

History and description[edit]

The church is dedicated to Saint Ia the Virgin, also known as Ives, supposedly an Irish holy woman of the 5th or 6th century. The current building dates to the reign of King Henry V of England. It became a parish church in 1826. It was built between 1410 and 1434 as a chapel of ease: St Ives being within the parish of Lelant. The tower is of granite and of four stages (over 80 ft high): the church is large but not particularly high and built in a Devonian rather than a Cornish style. An outer south aisle was added by the Trenwith family about 1500: this is now the Lady Chapel and contains a statue by Barbara Hepworth.[2]

The font is of granite and probably of the 15th century. It is carved with four angels hold ing shields. There are bench ends of the standard design and also two complete benches in the chancel. There is a brass to a member of the Trenwith family, 1463, and a monument to the Hitchens family by Garland & Fieldwick, 1815.[3]

The church of St. Ives, a beautiful structure of the age of Henry V, with a lofty tower, is dedicated to St. Ia the Virgin; the edifice is well worthy of the observation of those who are curious in ecclesiastical architecture: the living is part of the vicarage of Uny Lelant, but has lately been endowed, by a grant from Queen Anne's bounty, the maintenance of a perpetual curate; the present incumbent of the parish is Rev. Dr. Cardew, the curate is the Rev. C. Aldrich; the patronage of preferment is the diocesan bishop.–Pigot & Co.'s Directory of Cornwall, 1830.[4]


The church has a pipe organ dating from 1831. It has been restored by Telford and Telford in 1859 and by Hele & Co in 1907, and more recently by Lance Foy in 1993. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.


There is a late medieval lantern cross ten and a half feet high on an octagonal shaft.[5]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Ia  (Grade I) (1143424)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed. (The Buildings of England). Penguin Books; p. 180
  3. ^ Pevsner (1970); p. 180
  4. ^ Pigot & Co's 1830 Directory of Cornwall
  5. ^ Pevsner (1970); p. 181

Coordinates: 50°12′45.18″N 5°28′47.82″W / 50.2125500°N 5.4799500°W / 50.2125500; -5.4799500