Heritage Category:
Listed Building
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Statutory Address:


© Crown Copyright and database right 2021. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2021. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1142745.pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 28-Jan-2021 at 06:40:25.


Statutory Address:

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
South Petherwin
National Grid Reference:
SX 30944 81908


SOUTH PETHERWIN SOUTH PETHERWIN SX38SW Church of St Paternus 2/32 22.11.60 GV I Parish Church. Norman church with some later medieval work largely rebuilt in C15; restored and north aisle rebuilt in 1889 by G Fellow Prynne and west end restored in 1897. Dressed Polyphant stones with granite dressings and granite ashlar south porch. Slate roofs with granite coped gable ends with crosses at apices and pierced ridge tiles. Late C19 cast iron gutters and drain pipes. Plan: Nave and chancel in one; 6-bay full length north and south aisles, north and south porches and west tower. The C15 church replaced a large aisled Norman church (v. the Norman respond at west end of north arcade and Norman north doorway). The tower arch and west doorway are circa C14 and the plinth at the east end of the chancel is earlier then the C15 when the church was largely rebuilt. The north aisle was rebuilt in late C19 but the north porch appears to be C16. Exterior: Cavetto moulded granite wall plate and plinth. North and south aisles have granite 4-centred arch perpendicular windows with hoodmoulds, the north aisle late C19; south aisle with small rood stair turret in second bay from east. Similar west windows. East windows and chancel east windows are of 4 lights with intersecting panel tracery. Late C19 priests doorway on north side in weathered projection. Granite ashlar south porch with moulded 3-centred arch with quartefoils pendrels and label. North porch has moulded 4-centred and inner and outer doorways with labels, with doorway set in Norman round arch with billet moulding and scalloped capitals to missing shafts; inside over outer doorway early carved corked and by inner doorway small stomp carved with palin and waterleaf, only Norman stomp in Cornwall. Tall west tower in 3 diminishing stages, set-back butresses with set offs, square stair tower on north east corner, moulded battlements and octagonal crenellated and pinnacles with small cross finials. 2-light perpendicular bell-openings on all sides of top stage, clock faces on middle stage and large 2-centred with perpendicular west window in lower stage with intersectingporch tracery, over moulded 2-centred arch west doorway. Interior: Late C19 quarry tile floor. Plastered walls and exposed granite windows with chamfered rear arches and arcades. 6-bay north and south arcades; south arcade has peumer type A piers, north with type B except for 2 east bays which are type A, granite moulded piers, moulded capitals and double chamfered arches. No chancel arch. Tall tower arch with deeply moulded 2-centred arch and shafts to respond with moulded capitals. Norman respond to west bay of north arcade, square with chamfered corners with bar stops and imposts. Unmoulded 3-centred arch rood stair doorway, the rood screen missing. Single 3- centred arch chamfered piscina in south wall. Wagon roofs, ceiled with boards, late C19 benches. Circa early C20 choir stalls with reused medieval covered panels on front. Circa late C19 gothic altar table, reredos and altar rail 1901 tower screen with material from rood screen. Lecturn made from reused late C16 or early C17 panelling. Fine octagonal carved pulpit dated 1631 with linenfold panels, carved baluster stem and caryated soffit ribs. C12 font with 4 detached octagonal shafts. Royal Arms of James I in south aisle, painted on board. C20 organ by Heard and Sons of Truro. Monuments: on south wall finely carved slate to Chevity Probat? d.1676:, aedicule with Ionic columns and scrolled pediment with arms to Ambrose Manaton of Trecarrell d. 1561. Cartouche to Revd Jones Couch Morgan d. 1808 and signed "cut by Jno Deacon Milton Abbot". Marble Neo-classical draped tomb to Capt Charles Morgan RM d 1849. Stained glass: East window memorial of 1868. South aisle east window memorial to Proctor Thomas Pulman d. 1938. South aisle window late C19 or early C20 depicting Last Supper. Other windows have plain stained glass panes but in tracery of east window of south aisle are 2 reused C15 shields. 6 bells, rehung in 1897 when 6th bell was added. Sources: Buildings of' England p.215. Kelly's Directory of Devonshire and Cornwall, 1902.

Listing NGR: SX3094881909


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
Legacy System:


Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Cornwall, (1951), 215
'Kellys Directory' in Cornwall, (1902)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

Images of England

Images of England was a photographic record of every listed building in England, created as a snap shot of listed buildings at the turn of the millennium. These photographs of the exterior of listed buildings were taken by volunteers between 1999 and 2008. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Date: 07 Jul 2007
Reference: IOE01/16698/26
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John Midgley. Source Historic England Archive
Archive image, may not represent current condition of site.
To view this image please use Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Edge.

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email [email protected].