Temple Church, Cornwall
Temple Church, Cornwall

Cornwall Churches & Churches on the Isles of Scilly

Cornwall is composed of over 220 parishes, each with its own parish church. In addition to the parish churches, Cornwall also has a great number of churches and chapels belonging to other denominations.

The history of the Christian Church in Cornwall began with the building of Oratories such as the famous one at Perranporth dedicated to its founder St Piran (Synt Pyran) and the lesser known one at Gwithian dedicated to St Gothian.

To preserve its structure, the ancient church of St Piran, dating from the 6th Century, has for many years been encased in concrete and covered in sand. St Piran is the Patron Saint of Cornwall. Attempts are now being made to look at ways at which St Piran's Oratory could once again be open to public view. There is an ongoing appeal for sponsors and donors to support the St. Piran Trust / Sen Piran Dasserghi.

St Germans Church, Cornwall
St Germans Church, Cornwall

The next period of history from which remains can still be detected in Cornish churches, is the period just prior to the Norman conquest. St Germans church exhibits pre-Norman masonry in its west wall. This church was first mentioned in 936 when the Anglo-Saxon King Athelstan appointed Conan as its Bishop.

Several fonts in Cornish churches also show signs of pre-Norman workmanship including the font at Boyton.

The Norman period was a great time for church building in Cornwall and up to three quarters of Cornwall's churches still retain some of their Norman features including their architectural style, sections of masonry, fonts, etc. St Petroc's at Bodmin has probably the best example of a Norman font.

The 15th century was the next great period of church building in Cornwall and many of Cornwall's churches date from this period.

During the Victorian period some of Cornwall's churches underwent extensive restoration by architects such as J P St Aubyn and G E Street.

The builders of Cornwall's Parish Churches made use of the materials available in their locality. Granite, catacleuse stone, slate, Pentewan stone, Polyphant stone variously feature in their construction depending on their area of Cornwall.

16th Century Stained Glass Windows, St Neot Church, CornwallToday, Cornwall's churches are not only places of worship but provide a host of interest for visitors, family historians and residents. Fine examples of stained glass such as St Neot's 16th century windows; carved roofs such as the barrel roof of St Endelienta at St Endellion; well preserved ornate woodwork such as the screen and monument found at Lanreath and bench ends such as the famous mermaid at St Senarus, Zennor; frescoes can be seen at Poughill, Breage, St Keverne; and the historic stonework of great doorways such as those at St Germans and the Norman south door at Kilkhampton. These are just a tiny glimpse of the myriad of interesting features contained in Cornish churches.

To see details for individual parish churches featured and to find out about their history please click on the links below. (We are constantly adding new information so if your parish church is not yet featured please let us know and you may even wish to send us text and photographs to be featured on the website).

For contact details for the churches already featured, please view our Community Information pages for the town or village you are interested in. See A-Z of Cornwall.

Church of England Churches in Cornwall 

Advent, St Adwena
Altarnun, St Nonna
Antony, St James The Great
Ashton (Penzance-Helston Rd), Church of the Anunication
Baldhu, St Michael Closed for many years. It is now a dwelling.
Boconnoc, Parish
Bodinnick, St John
Bodmin, St Petroc
Bolventor, Holy Trinity Closed in the 1990s
Boscastle, St Juliot Parish
Boscoppa, St Lukes
Botus Fleming, St Mary
Boyton, Holy Name
Bradoc, Blessed Virgin Mary
Bradstone, St Nonna
Brannel, St. Stephens
Breage, St Breaca
Bridgend, St Saviour
Bude, St Michael & All Angels
Budock, St Budock
Cadgwith, St Mary
Callington, St Mary
Calstock, St Andrew
Camborne, St Martin & St Meriadoc
Camelford, St Thomas of Canterbury
Carbis Bay, St Anta and All Saints
Cardinham, St Meubred
Carharrack, St Piran
Cawsand, St Andrew's Mission Church
Chacewater, St Paul
Charlestown, St Paul
St Clether, St Clederus
Colan, St Colanus
Constantine, St Constantine
Cornelly, St Cornelius (Tregony)
Cotehele House Chapel,, St Dominick
Coverack, St Peter
Crantock, St Carantoc
Creed, St Crida
Crowan, St Crewwenna
Cubert, St Cubert
Cury, St Coreentine
Davidstow, St David
Delabole, St John the Evangelist
Devoran, St John Evangelist & St Petroc
Dobwalls, St Peter
Downderry, St Nicholas
Duloe, St Martin
Duloe, St Cuby
Egloshayle, St Petroc
Egloskerry, St Petrock & St Keri
Falmouth, King Charles The Martyr
Falmouth, All Saints
Feock, St Feoca
Flushing, St Peter
Forrabury, St Symphorian
Fowey, St Fimbarrus
Germoe, St Germoe
Gerrans, St Gerrans
Godolphin, St John The Baptist
Golant, St Sampson
Gorran, St Goran
Gorran Haven, St Just
Grade, Ruan Minor, St Grada & Holy Cross
Grampound, St Nun
Gulval, St Gulval
Gunnislake, St Anne
Gunwalloe, St Winwalloe
Gwennap, St Wennepa
Gwinear, St Winnear
Gwithian, St Gothian
Halsetown, St Johns-in-the-Fields
Halton Quay,, St Dominic, St Indract's Chapel
Harrowbarrow,, Calstock, All Saints
Hayle, St Elwyn
Heamoor, St Thomas
Helland, St Helena
Helston, St Michael
Herodsfoot, All Saints
Hessenford, St Annes
Highertown, All Saints
Illogan, St Illogan
Indian Queens, St Francis
Jacobstow, St James
Kenwyn, St Keyne
Kilkhampton, St James the Great
Ladock, St Ladoca
Landewednack, St Wynwallow
Landrake, St Michael
Landulph, St Leonard & St Dilpe
Laneast, St Sidwell
Lanhydrock, St Hydrock
Lanivet, St Ia
Lanlivery, St Brevita
Lanner, Christchurch
Lansallos, St Ildierna
Lanreath, St Manarch
Lanteglos-by-Camelford, St Julitta
Lanteglos-by-Fowey, St Wyllow
Launcells, St Swithin
Launceston, St Mary Magdalene
Launceston, St Thomas the Apostle
Launceston, St Stephen
Lawhitton, St Michael
Leedstown, St James Mission Church
Lelant, St Uny
Lesnewth, St Michaels & All Angels
Lewannick, St Martin
Lezant, St Michael
Linkinhorne, St Mellor
Liskeard, St Martin's
Little Petherick, St Petrock
Looe (West), St Nicholas
Looe, St Martin
Lostwithiel, St Bartholomew
Lostwithiel, St Saviours
Ludgvan, St Ludgvan & St Paul
Luxulyan, St Cyrus & St Julietta
Mabe, St Laudus
Madron, St Maddern
Maker, St Mary & St Julian
Malpas, St Andrew
Manaccan, St Manacca
Marazion, All Saints
Marhamchurch, St Marwenne
Maryfield, Torpoint, St Philip & St James
Mawnan, St Mawnan
Mawanan Smith, St Michael
Menheniot, St Lalluwy & St Antonius
Mevagissey, St Peters
Michaelstow, St Michael
Millbrook, St Michael & All Angels
Minster, St Merteriana
Mithian, St Peter
Morvah, St Bridget
Morval, St Wenna
Morwenstow, St Morwenna & St John the Baptist
Mount Hawke, St John the Baptist
Mullion, St Mellanus
Mylor, St Mylor
Nanpean, St George
Nanstallon, St Stephen
Newlyn, St Peter
Newquay, St Michael the Archangel
North Hill, St Torney
North Petherwin, St Paternus
North Tamerton, St Denis
Old Kea Church
Otterham, St Denis
Padstow, St Petrock
Par, Parish Church of St Mary
Paul, St Pol de Lion
Pelynt, St Nun
Pencoys, St Andrew
Pendeen, St John The Baptist
Penponds, Holy Trinity
Pensilva, St Ive, St John the Baptist
Pentewan, All Saints
Penwerris, St Michaels and All Angels
Penzance, St Mary the Virgin
Penzance, St John The Baptist
Perran-Ar-Worthal, St Piran
Perranporth, St Michael Mission Church
Perranuthnoe, St Michael & St Piran
Perranzabuloe, St Piran
Ponsanooth, St Michael & All Angels
Porthleven, St Bartholomew
Phillack, St Felicitas
Philleigh, St Philleigh
Pillaton, St Odulph
Polperro, St John the Baptist
Polruan, St Saviour
Porthpean, St Levan
Port Isaac, St Peter
Porkellis, St Christopher Community Centre
Portreath, St Mary
Poughill, St Olaf, King & Martyr
Poundstock, St Winwaloe
Probus, St Probus & St Grace
Quethiock, St Hugh
Rame, St German
Redruth, St Andrews
Redruth, St Euny
Roche, St Gomanda of the Rock
Rock, St Michael
Ruanlanihorne, St Rumon
Ruan Minor, St Rumon
Saltash, St Nicholas & St Faith
Saltash, St Stephen by Saltash
Sancreed, St Creden
Sennen, St Sennen
Sheviock, Blessed Virgin Mary
Sithney, St Sidinius
South Hill, St Sampson
South Petherwin, St Paternus
St Agnes, St Agnes
St Allen, St Alleyne
St Anns Chapel, Gunnislake, St Anne
St Anthony in Meneage, St Anthony
St Anthony-in-Roseland, St Anthony
St Austell, Holy Trinity
St Blazey, St Blaise
St Breock, St Breoke
St Breward, St Breward
St Buryan, St Berian
St Cleer, St Clarus
St Clement, St Clement
St Clether, St Clether
St Colan, St Colan
St Columb Major, St Columba
St Columb Minor, St Columba
St Day, Holy Trinity
St Dennis, St Denys
St Dominick
St Endellion, St Endelienta
St Enoder, St Enoder
St Enodoc, St Enodoc
St Erme, St Hermes
St Erney, St Terninus
St Erth, St Ercus
St Ervan, St Ervan
St Eval, St Uvelas
St Ewe, St Ewe & All Saints
St Gennys, St Gennys
St Germans, St Germanus of Auxerre
St Gluvias, St Gluvias
St Grade, St Grada & Holy Cross
Gulval, St Gulval
St Hilary, St Hilary
St Issey, St Issey
St Ive, St Ive
St Juliot, St Julitta
St Just-in-Penwith, St Just
St Just-in-Roseland, St Just
St Kea, All Hallows
St Keverne, St Akeveranus
St Kew, St James The Great
St Keyne, St Keyne
St Levan, St Levan
St Mabyn, St Mabena
St Martin in Meneage, St Martin & St Anthony
St Mawes, St Mawes
St Mawgan, St Mawgan
St Mawgan in Meneage, St Mawgan
St Mawgan in Pydar, St Mawgan & St Nicholas
St Mellion, St Mellanus
St Merryn, St Merryn
St Mewan, St Mewan
St Michael Caerhays, St Michael
St Michael Penkevil, St Michael
St Minver, St Menefreda
St Nectan, St Nectan's Chapel
St Neot, St Neot
St Newlyn East, St Newlina
St Pinnock, St Pinnock
St Ruan, St Rumon
St Sampson, St Sampson
St Stephen by Launceston, St Stephen
St Stephen by Saltash, St Stephen
St Stephen in Brannel, St Stephen
St Teath, St Tetha the Virgin
St Tudy, St Tudy
St Veep, St Veep
St Wenn, St Wenna
St Winnow, St Winnow
Sticker, St Mark Mission Church
Stithians, St Stythians
Stoke Climsland
Stratton, St Andrew
Talland, St Tallanus
Temple, St Catherine
Tideford, St Luke
Tintagel, St Merteriana
Torpoint, St James
Towednack, St Tewennochus
Tregadillet, Christ the Cornerstone
Tregony, St James
Treknow, The Holy Family
Treleigh, St Stephens
Tremaine, St Winwalo
Treneglos, Launceston, St Gregory
Tresmere, St Nicholas
Tresillian, Holy Trinity
Treslothan, St John the Evangelist
Tresmere, St Nicholas
Trethevy, St Piran
Trevalga, St Petroc
Trevenson, St Illogan
Treverbyn, St Peter the Apostle
Trevone, St Saviour
Trewen, St Michael
Truro, Cathedral
Truro, St Paul
Truro, St George the Martyr
Truro, St John the Evangelist
Tuckingmill, All Saints
Tywardreath, St Andrew
Upton Cross, Linkinhorne, St Paul's
Veryan, St Symphonian
Virginstow, St Bridget
Wadebridge, St Mary
Warbstow, St Werburgh
Warleggan, St Bartholomew
Washaway,Wadebridge, St Conan
Week St Mary, St Mary
Wendron, St Wendrona
Werrington, St Martin of Tours
Whitstone, St Anne
Withiel, St Clement
Zennor, St Sennara

Methodist Churches and Chapels in Cornwall

At least six different denominations of Methodism flourished in Cornwall including Wesleyanism founded by John Wesley in the 18th century. This was the original Methodism.

Barwest, (Nr Marazion)
Bodmin Minster
Brockhill, United Methodist
Busveal Chapel, Gwennap Pit
Canworthy Water, St Andrew
Carnon Downs
Coads Green
Congdons Shop
East Taphouse
Falmouth, Superintendent
Isles of Scilly
Looe (East)
Mawnan Smith
Mounts Bay
Newlyn & Mousehole
Pipers Pool
St Agnes
St Austell
St Austell, Mount Charles
St Breward
St Breward, Bible Christian
St Cleer
St Columb
St Dennis
St Germans, Fore Street
St Ives, United Methodist Church
St Ive, St Ive
St Just
St Levan
St Mellion (Bealbury)
St Teath
Truro, formerly St Mary's
Week St Mary

Baptist churches are found in many of the major towns in Cornwall.

Callington, Metherell
Falmouth, Creech St Michael Zion
Falmouth, Emmanuel Baptist Church
Falmouth, Trinity
Newquay, Reformed Baptist Church
St Austell

United Reformed Church

Bude, St Martin's
Falmouth, Berkeley Vale
Looe, Riverside United
Mevagissey, St Andrew's
Portscatho, The Lugger
Torpoint, Cornerstone

Quaker Society of Friends Meeting Houses in Cornwall.

The most well known of the Society of Friends meeting houses in Cornwall is the Grade 1 listed building at Come-to-Good, Feock near Truro. This lovely building was constructed in 1710 of cob with a thatched roof. It is still used every Sunday for worship.

The Religious Society of Friends also holds regular meetings in Bude, Falmouth, Liskeard, Marazion, Penzance, St Austell, Truro and Wadebridge, which are held in Meeting Houses or Community Rooms/Halls.

Roman Catholic Churches in Cornwall

Bodmin, St Mary's Abbey
Bude, St. Peter's
Callington, Our Lady of Victories
Camborne, St John The Baptist
Falmouth, Our Lady Star of the Sea
Falmouth, St Mary Immaculate
Germoe, St. Mary
Gunnislake, St. Joseph
Hayle, St Joseph
Helston, St Mary
Isles of Scilly, St Mary Our Star of the Sea
Lanherne, Franciscan Monastery of St. Joseph & St. Anne
Launceston, St Mary Magdalene
Liskeard, Our Lady and St. Neot
Looe, Sclerder, Sclerder Abbey & the Parish Church of Our Lady of Light
Looe (West), Our Lady & St. Nicholas
Mawnan Smith, St. Edward the Confessor
Mullion, St. Michael the Archangel
Newquay, Most Holy Trinity
Padstow, St.Saviour & St. Petroc
Penzance, The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady
Perranporth, Christ the King
Redruth, The Assumption
Saltash, Our Lady of the Angels
St Agnes, Our Lady, Star of the Sea
St Austell, St. Augustine of Hippo
St Ives, Sacred Heart & St Ia
St Mawgan & St Eval
St Mawes, Our Lady of the Sea
Tintagel, St. Paul
Torpoint, St Joan of Arc
Truro, Our Lady Of The Portals
Wadebridge, St Michael

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Spiritualist Churches

Bodmin, Bodmin Spiritualist Church
Bude, Bude Free Spirits
Callington, Callington Christian Spiritual Church
Camborne, Camborne Spiritualist Church
Camborne, Christian Spitualist Church
Camelford, Camelford Spiritualist Church
Treverbyn, Church of St. Peter
Newquay, Newquay Spiritualist Centre and Healing Sanctuary
Redruth, Redruth Spiritualist Church
Falmouth, The Central Spiritualist Church
Penzance, The Christian Spiritualist Church
Truro, Truro Christian Spiritualist Church, Playing Place

Other Churches

Saltash, Pentecostal (Assemblies of God) New Life Church
Penzance, Shekinah Christian Church


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