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St Anne, Whitstone, Cornwall

(50°45′35″N, 4°27′56″W)
SX 262 985
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cornwall
now Cornwall
medieval Exeter
now Truro
medieval St Nicholas
now St Anne
  • Richard Jewell
2 April 1991

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Feature Sets

The only Romansque features of the church are the plain re-used Norman S doorway and the font.


The Domesday Survey only mentions one household but no church in its entry. The church, however, may be of pre-conquest origin as the name of the parish derives from 'a white rock on which part of the church is founded. It is a large white stone in the south side of the church; the part which is visible is of an oval form' (Parochial History). The manor, called Witestan in the Domesday Survey, was held by Alwold in Edward the Confessors reign, given to the Earl of Mortain by the Conqueror, and held under him by one Radulf. In 1291 the church was valued a £4.6s 8d., having never been appropriated.





The font is a simple yet effective early 12thc piece. The shape and ornamental band are paralleled at St Stephen by Launceston, though here the band is around the bottom of the bowl.


C. Henderson, The Cornish Church Guide (London 1925), 204.

A Complete Parochial History of the County of Cornwall, vol. IV (Truro and London 1870), 319-20.

N. Pevsner and E. Radcliffe, The Buildings of England: Cornwall, 2nd ed (Harmondsworth 1970), 240-41.

E. H. Sedding, Norman Architecture in Cornwall: A Handbook to old Cornish ecclesiastical architecture with notes on ancient manor houses (London and Truro 1909) 406, pl. 161.