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St Clederus, St Clether, Cornwall

(50°37′50″N, 4°32′21″W)
St Clether
SX 205 843
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cornwall
now Cornwall
medieval Exeter
now Truro
  • Richard Jewell
14 Apr 1990, 25 Aug 1991

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The church was rebuilt in 1865, retaining the scalloped capitals and some of the masonry (of the W column) of the Norman S arcade; the font is also of the Norman period.


The church was dedicated in 1259 to the present patron saint, and was held during the reign of Edward I as part of the manor of Treglasta in Davidstow. Circa 1259 it became the endowment of a chantry chapel in the churchyard of Holy Trinity, St. Austell. Nothing seems to be known of its Norman history, but the presence of capitals implies a church of some importance in this period.


Interior Features






The simple cable-moulded font has several parallels in this part of Cornwall; nearby Tremaine, Tresmeer and Egloskerry to name but three (although in these the cable is on the bowl rather than on the stem). The capitals are closely paralleled at St. Petherwin, they appear to be of the same stone as that used to rebuild the church, which came from a quarry at Bazil in the same parish, described as "a peculiar caleareous rock, consisting almost entirely of Hornblend and caleareous spar".


P. Beacham and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Cornwall (New Haven and London 2014), pp. 515-16.

C. Henderson, The Cornish Church Guide (London 1925), p. 42.

A Complete Parochial History of the County of Cornwall, vol. I, (Truro and London 1867), pp. 219-21.

N. Pevsner and E. Radcliffe, The Buildings of England: Cornwall, 2nd ed (Harmondsworth 1970), p. 165.

E. H. Sedding, Norman Architecture in Cornwall: A Handbook to old Cornish ecclesiastical architecture with notes on ancient manor houses (London and Truro 1909), pp. 57-8, pl. 22.