St Michael Penkevil

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Coordinates: 50°14′24″N 5°00′18″W / 50.240°N 5.005°W / 50.240; -5.005

St Michael Penkevil Church
St Michael Penkevil

St Michael Penkevil (Cornish: Pennkevyl),[1] sometimes spelt St Michael Penkivel, is a civil parish and village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is in the valley of the River Fal about three miles (5 km) southeast of Truro.[2] The population at the 2011 census was 204.[3] St Michael Penkevil lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

The church is close to the Tregothnan estate in a wooded setting and was consecrated in 1261; probably consisting only of a nave and chancel. In 1319 a petition raised by the patron of the church, Sir John Trejagu, was granted by the Bishop of Exeter, Walter de Stapledon; to create a collegiate church by building a chantry for four chaplains. The petition was granted by the Bishop of Exeter, Walter de Stapledon. At the time of its restoration by George Street in the 19th century, the church was cruciform with a western tower and south porch. It was re-opened for services on Christmas Eve, 1865.[4]

There are some monuments to members of the notable local family of Boscawen.[5] The church contains the brass of John Trembras, rector of the parish, d. 1515, and others of John Trenowyth, 1498, Marie Coffin, née Boscawen, 1622, John Boscawen, d. 1564, engraved 1634.[6]

The village was used as the main location for the 2005 feature film Keeping Mum which starred Rowan Atkinson, Patrick Swayze, Kristin Scott Thomas and Dame Maggie Smith.


  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. ^ "Population of parish in 2011". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Street, George (April 1866). "The Church of St Michael Penkevel". Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall. V: 38–42. 
  5. ^ Betjeman, John (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 152
  6. ^ Dunkin, E. (1882) Monumental Brasses. London: Spottiswoode

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