Tregony church

Tregony 03St Cuby stands at the top end of the ancient village of Tregony on a difficult corner.

The clean greensward of the churchyard hints at the tidying up that has taken place, with the gravestones now lining the path to the south porch.

You are greeted at the south porch by the smiling faces of three kings and some lovely carving on the C15 south porch which may have been moved from the former church of St James down in the valley.

The interior of the church is slightly disappointing. It consists of a nave and south aisle, described by one guide as ‘bright if slightly impersonal’. Perhaps it suffered from its constant restoration during the C19 ending with Piers St Aubyn in 1899 but it has few really outstanding features which is unusual for a church listed Grade I.

Someone sensibly re-purposed some C15 bench-ends to create the hexagonal pulpit; there is a small aumbry and piscina, a blocked-up transept and a selection of monuments but that is pretty much it.

The font, however, does set the heart racing for it is a Bodmin style font with heads at four corners and some lively carving, with animals, the tree of life, knots and a very long-tailed cat.

One small relief when we re-visited, was to note the removal of a the large projection screen which formerly hung where the rood screen might once have stood. Will some future write of the ‘interesting tradition of introducing projection screen fittings into many of our churches in the early years of the C21’?

Outside, embedded into the SW corner of the church is a C6 or C7 carved memorial to three sons of Ercilunus.

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