Perranuthnoe church

Perranuthnoe 01The church of St Piran stands above the small village of Perranuthnoe, a very honest and unpretentious little place close to the tourist mecca of Marazion. The church has many of the same characteristics.

Entering a two-aisled church, one is never sure whether you will be in an aisle or a nave. Here, having nodded at some charming little carvings in the porch, you are spilled straight into the nave.

The interior is conventional, the C19 restoration is the work of St Aubyn in 1883 and so a rood screen is inevitable. There there is nothing out of the ordinary about the restored wagon roof which stretches, uninterrupted from the nave through into the chancel. The north aisle roof even incorporates some earlier carving, a technique St Aubyn uses elsewhere.

Perranuthnoe 06It is not the longest aisle for a bride to sweep down but that should simply help to avoid any last-minute nerves.

Outside, there is a small church house, very similar to that at Mawgan in Meneage, and a wonderfully grassed churchyard which, when we visited, was guarded by an equally hairy marmalade cat.

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