Probus church

Probus 10St Probus and St Grace is justly famous for its enormous ‘Somerset’ tower, the tallest in Cornwall and identical to that at North Petherton. This was apparently built after a little local difficulty between squire and congregation.

Simon Jenkins gives it a (generous) two stars. As well as the lichen-encrusted tower, he is inspired by the wonderful Georgian memorial to the Hawkins family which, he says, is more suited to Westminster Abbey than a village in Cornwall.

Everything about the church is grand: enough to bring tears to the eyes when thinking about how it will be maintained in a time of dwindling congregations.