Of Norman origin (though there must have been an earlier church here), although restored in Victorian times, it retains a fair amount of Norman work, notably in the porch and the north arcade.
And finally, for 40 years from 1834, it had as its vicar the remarkable Robert Stephen Hawker, poet and free spirit, who was responsible for much of the restoration of the church and who chose to bury shipwrecked sailors, of whom there were many in these dangerous seas, in his churchyard rather than, as was the custom, on the shore where they were washed up.
I also regularly present talks on subjects such as the workhouse — more information on my talks web page.
Quite separate from my historical researches, I have written several pieces for the stage including (set in the world's most unsuccessful dating agency).
(My contact information is given on a separate page.) I first became interested in workhouses while researching my family history.The whole interior bestows a cool, calm, assured character".I discovered this oddity when I extended a walk around some Fal creeks to include the Truro River at Malpas.Worth noting inside the church are the unusual and very early Norman font, the screen and rood which Hawker restored, and a degraded wall painting believed to represent St. Outside, look at the lych gate and its adjacent lych house, at the figurehead of the Caledonia, and in early spring, the most amazing display of daffodils.And do walk to the cliff, turn left and seek out Hawker's Hut, where Parson Hawker wrote his poetry."1909-11 by Sir Ninian Comper, one of Cornwall's finest churches and the twentieth century's most significant architectural contribution to Newquay.