St Tudy church

St Tudy 03St Uda is set within a very green churchyard at the centre of the village of St Tudy. Like neighbouring Blisland, it has three co-terminus chancels and yet only a main nave and south aisle.

Without the dominating rood screen of its neighbour, it retains a lightness throughout. The placement of the font in what was the (south) Lady chapel, gives it a prominence that it would not have were it in the usual position at the west end.

St Tudy 08The great joy of the church is the variety of monuments, many in local slate, both inside and outside. Indeed, the village claims more famous people lived here than anywhere else in Cornwall. William Bligh of HMS Bounty fame was born here.

A wonderful pre-Conquest hog-back coping stone (sadly not sufficiently detailed to show up in a simple photograph) lies in the south aisle. Another remnant of an ancient church is a small, but much decayed, corbel head.

Outside, a lovely little C16 or C17 church house borders the churchyard and bears the delightful name of ‘The Clink’.

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