St Michael Caerhays

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Coordinates: 50°14′35″N 4°51′29″W / 50.243°N 4.858°W / 50.243; -4.858

The church of St Michael Caerhays

St Michael Caerhays (Cornish: Lannvihal)[1] is a civil parish and village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is about seven miles (11 km) south-southwest of St Austell.[2] The population as of the 2011 census was 96[3]

St Michael Caerhays lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The ecclesiastical parish was a chapelry of St Stephen in Brannel until 1832. From the 16th century the Rectors of St Stephen resided here so the church of St Michael came to be regarded as the mother church. The church is Norman but the Lady Chapel was added in the 15th century by the Trevanions and it contains their monuments. Their home was on the site of Caerhayes Castle.[4]

Caerhays Castle, a picturesque castellated mansion, is situated half-a-mile south of the village and was built by John Nash for J. B. Trevanion in 1808.[5]

Notable people[edit]

George Martin was a priest in the Church of England who gave up his living and went to Southwark, where he became known among the poor as the 'modern St Anthony'. He was rector of this parish 1893-99.

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  1. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel. Cornish Language Partnership.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 204 Truro & Falmouth ISBN 978-0-319-23149-4
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011 census". Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  4. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; pp. 68-69
  5. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed. Penguin; p. 192

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