Though Cornwall has John Wesley to thank for introducing Methodism, nearly every town, village and hamlet has its own church, often in beautiful surroundings. The towers of many of these date from the 16th century, some from Norman times.
St Leven West Cornwall
St Leven West Cornwall A mile or so along the road from Porthcurno Beach in West Cornwall is St Leven, and down that valley, both missed by many visitors to West Cornwall. St Leven Church nestles in a hollow, isolated a few miles from the Village, in the valley leading to Porthgwarra Beach. The North Transept dates from the 13th century- the font is Norman. The carved bench ends - shepherds, fish are also intriguing. In the Churchyard are two Celtic Crosses and St Levan's Stone, split by a strike from the Saints staff, or at least that is what the legend says. A short walk down the valley. and above Porthchapel Beach is St Levan's Holy Well. The Coast path from Lands End to Porthcurno, offers some of the best coastal walking in West Cornwall.
St Just in Roseland
St Just in Roseland St Just in Roseland, arguably situated in one of the most tranquil and picturesque locations in Cornwall, or indeed England. Clinging to the hillside on the edge of the Percuil River, in the Roseland Peninsula, surrounded by a well kept and beautiful churchyard, containing subtropical plants and trees. From the lynch gate one looks over the churchyard and down onto the tower, the slopes are that steep at high spring tides water laps the churchyard wall. There is a delightful 2 mile walk through woodland to nearby St Mawes
St Swithin's Church near Bude
St Swithin's Church Launcells near Bude St Swithin's Church Launcells near Bude, unlike St Just above off the tourist trail, described by Sir John Betjeman as the least spoilt in Cornwall, in reference to the often poor restorations of other Cornish churches carried out by the Victorians. Though the font is Norman the church was rebuilt in the 15th Century, and much of what can be seen today dates from this period. Including the impressive wagon roof, and the carved pew ends-symbols representing the Holy Grail, and Easter Day amongst them. The Holy Well of St Swithin is nearby and legend has it never runs dry.
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