Sennen church

Sennen 14St Sennen really is the end of the world: the first and last church in Cornwall. Its tower, like that of neighbouring St Buryan, stands proud against anything the Atlantic can throw at it.

Inside it has a nave and south aisle – a Lady Chapel – plus a north transept which contains the organ. As usual, this provides a slightly lop-sided feel to the space.

Sennen 06Like most small Cornish churches, there is nothing to break the flow of the ceiling from nave through to the chancel.

There are two special curiosities. A headless and babyless medieval statue of the BVM was discovered in the C19. This was ‘restored’ by a local sculptor who provided a distinctly C20 head. The statue stands next to the Lady Chapel altar.

On the other side of the altar is a patch of wall painting containing two towers. The guidebook – a wittily written item – suggests that there may be more hidden away below it and perhaps on the opposite side of the altar.

Outside, in the surprisingly compact churchyard, is a large cross and the head of a second.

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