St Cleer

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St Cleer is a parish and village on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor with an interesting history some of which can still be seen today in the monuments which remain from its ancient past.

The parish church is dedicated to St Clarus. An ancient stone Cornish cross stands in the churchyard.

In the early 13th century the name of the area was written as St Clair and there is a belief that it was associated with the French bishop whose main centre of pilgrimage is in Normandy.

A Holy Well, with an impressive chapel stands in the centre of the churchtown.
The well dates from the 15th century and was restored in the 1800s. A well would have stood here before this present chapel was constructed. Next to the well is a latin granite cross which probably dates from the 15th century.

Further ancient stone crosses can be seen including Long Tom , a wheel-headed wayside cross near Minions and the Redgate Cross which is a partial latin wayside cross.

Archaeological monuments within St Cleer parish include King Doniert's Stone and Trethevy Quoit, a Neolithic Penwith chamber tomb.

Copper mining was undertaken within the parish.

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