Both churches boast fine examples of early stonework and stained glass, together with a treasury of ancient relics.
The ruined church of St Ruan Major was originally the parent church of the two Ruan parishes and the surviving features of the old building are of considerable architectural interest. Indeed, the history of the parishes and legend associated with St Grade in particular make fascinating reading.
Caring Local People
Over the years local people have cared for the buildings with great devotion however our churches are built of local materials which need constant care and attention to continue to resist the weather, a particular challenge here on the Lizard Peninsula. The buildings are of an age that repairs are always needed in order to maintain these valuable parts of our heritage.
The local community has in the past given generously towards the upkeep of these historic buildings. It is hoped this vital support will continue so that their future will be secured.
Why Church Funds Are Not Used
You may wonder why central church funds are not used. Quite simply with so many ancient cathedrals, abbeys and parish churches to care for, such funds would soon be exhausted. Some grants and loans are available but local support is essential.
To put funding on a firmer basis, the Friends has been set up. You may not be a regular churchgoer or perhaps not of the Christian faith, but if you are concerned to see these unique buildings preserved you are invited to join.
St Ruan and St Grade now need your help
By continuing to care for your buildings now you will best ensure that they are there for future generations to use and enjoy.