Forrabury church

Forrabury 09Boscastle has two churches reflecting its importance in earlier times. St Symphorian at Forrabury stands proud on the cliff top in the teeth of Atlantic gales like neighbouring Tintagel.

It is Grade II* no doubt reflecting the degree of re-building that has taken place although there are remnants of the original Norman church.

This is the area of slate and the tower is constructed of local stone giving it a rough appearance. This was re-built in 1760.

Forrabury 07Inside, the church appears lopsided having only a north aisle with a low arcade separating this from the nave. This was an addition from 1868 when the size of congregations – perhaps inspired by local slate-mining activity – demanded more space.

The best feature is the re-used bench-ends. In many places these have been incorporated, often quite skillfully, into modern pews, but here those related the Passion have been inserted as the frontal to the altar with a simple light wood surround. The result is very effective.

Forrabury 06Some of the left-overs, including a rather charming ape, have been used around the pulpit and on a credence table.

Outside there are some fine slate headstones and a small wheel-headed cross which was rescued from use as a gatepost.

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