Constantine Cornwall

St Winnow

June 2019

A visit on a beautiful evening in June was made by Constantine History Group to St Winnow Church and St Winnow Barton Farm Museum. 

Canon John explained that the Celtic Llan (religious enclosure), established by the Welsh missionary Winnow, beside the River Fowey, was replaced by an Anglo- Saxon Church, later by a Norman structure and then by a 15th century building, much of which remains. The development of the church has been influenced by the successful local agricultural economy, key families such as the Robartes, national events and incumbents who were in post for long periods. Renovation took place in the latter part of the 1800s and into the early 20th century. Later work was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement.

The church has some very impressive late Medieval and 16th century carvings in the pew ends and some magnificent Medieval stained glass. The Church serves a widespread parish of 800 and services are regularly attended by over 35.  It is well supported by a successful Friends Group and exudes a feeling of being a well-loved building.

Following the Church visit Members visited the eclectic agricultural museum of St Winnow Barton Farm.

On Friday 19th July there will be a visit to St Austell Brewery at 11.30.  Guests are welcome. Please contact 01326 250604