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St Corentine, Cury, Cornwall

(50°2′43″N, 5°14′45″W)
SW 677 212
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cornwall
now Cornwall
medieval Exeter
now Truro
  • Andrew Beard
10 July 2015

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Cury is a small hilltop church town a couple of miles inland from Mullion on the Lizard peninsula, consisting of a few houses and bungalows. The church stands on a raised oval enclosure, known as a lann, at the west end of the village, and is constructed of a mixture of granite and serpentine, the coloured stone of the Lizard that is rare elsewhere in Britain.

The original form of the church was probably cruciform, and the south wall retains elements from this building, including a Romanesque doorway. Most of the church is 15thc., including the north aisle with the original wagon roof. The low unbuttressed west tower, in two stages, is also 15thc. and is constructed of large ashlar granite blocks. It has parapets and pinnacles at the corners, and is typical of the Lizard style.

The church was heavily restored in the 19thc; a heavy hammerbeam was built over the nave, and a porch was added on the south side, partly obscuring the Romanesque doorway.


There is no record of a church at Cury before a consecration in 1261, and even three decades later it remained a sub-parish. (VCH)


Exterior Features





St Corentin is a fine 15thc. church, prominently sited in the village, and it fully deserves its Grade 1 statutory listing. The doorway and font are attractive survivors of the original Norman church, and give it significant added interest and value.

South doorway: the Historic England listing 65177 suggests the stone is serpentine, but it has the appearance of granite.

Font: the Historic England listing says that the font is 12thc., but the supports, including the round central pillar and the four polished serpentine corner shafts, are 20thc. These are crudely carved and ill-fitting. The round base and square granite plinth probably belong to the same period.


P. Beacham and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Cornwall, New Haven and London (2014) 171-72.

J. Betjeman, Cornwall, A Shell Guide. London, 1964.

A Complete Parochial History of the County of Cornwall, Vol. I, London (1867) 286-90.

Historic England Listed Building 65177. http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-65177-church-of-saint-corentin-cury-#.V1Pvm2PKvUE accessed on 5 June 2016.

N. Orme (ed.), A History of the County of Cornwall, vol. II, Religious History to 1560, 2010.