The Churches

We are fortunate to have in our parish two fine examples of church architecture. 

 

St Grade Church

Originally dedicated to Saint Grada but also known historically as ‘Church of the Holy Cross’, also dates from the early English period, the tower being added at the beginning of the fifteenth century and much of the old church being demolished in the1860s when a new nave and chancel were constructed.

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St Grade Church

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St Ruan Church

St Ruan Church

In Ruan Minor the church of St Ruan, dedicated to its patron saint Rumon, dates back to the thirteenth century, was enlarged by the addition of the tower some 300 year later and restored in the 19th century. It is built of dark green serpentine and granite.

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Historic Heritage

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.