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The Church of St Morwenna and St John the Baptist, Morwenstow is in the parish of Morwenstow, north Cornwall, United Kingdom, the most northerly in Cornwall. The church is dedicated to Morwenna, a local saint, and to John the Baptist, and is a Grade I listed building. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Truro, the archdeaconry of Bodmin and the deanery of Stratton. Its benefice is combined with that of St James, Kilkhampton.

From 1835 to 1874 the vicar of the parish was Rev. R. S. Hawker, poet and antiquary who is credited with creating the modern form of the harvest festival church service to give thanks for a good harvest in 1842. It stands in a remote position near cliffs on the north coast of Cornwall. Amongst the tombs and gravestones in the churchyard is the preserved figurehead from a ship which was wrecked nearby.

This was an intersting litte church was some equally interesting history. Outside there were several headstones for some of the very young men killed in WWII. Each of the headstones had four small pebbles/stones placed across the top. I've been trying to find out why but to no avail, if anyone has any information I'd be very pleased to hear it..

Thanks for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome!
Regards - Sarah J x

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Title:The Church of St Morwenna and St John the Baptist
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Uploaded:26 Oct 2012 - 3:05 PM
Tags:Architecture, Church, Cornwall, Kernow, Morwenstow, The Church of St Morwenna and St John the Baptist
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom966 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 3:10 PM

There's something special about small churches on the coast, they seem to be about survival against the odds. I like this, solid and robust, no nonsense.
Re the pebbles on the graves - it's originally a Jewish custom, I came across it for the first time in Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris, which has the largest Jewish graveyard in the city. I haven't been able to establish any logical explanation, except perhaps as a reminder of the deceased's links to native soil. In Paris the custom does seem to have spread beyond the Jewish community.
Moira

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 3:15 PM

Thank you Moira and for the information, appreciated!

Sarah x

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 3:16 PM

Two excellent church interior shots, Sarah, the detail captured even in what must be more shadowed areas quite excellent.
Ronnie.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom966 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 3:18 PM

There's an article here, not sure if it casts any light on these particular graves though.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 3:25 PM

Moira that was most interesting reading, thank you - certainly sheds light on perhaps the reasons why. I particularly liked the idea here ..
"But the memory is supposed to be lasting. While flowers may be a good metaphor for the brevity of life, stones seem better suited to the permanence of memory. Stones do not die."

Sarah x

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 3:27 PM

I love how the cross-lighting picks out the detail in the carved pew-ends. Nicely -balanced composition.
Regards
Bill

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
26 Oct 2012 - 4:05 PM

Excellent indoors photo of a truly remarkable church Smile

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 5:23 PM

I like the more intimate closer crop on V2 Sarah, a smashing shot of a lovely old Church.
And you're quite right, Stones never Die, they're still doing Gigs now Wink

John Smile

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Franko59
Franko59 e2 Member 3Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 9:38 PM

I like both versions the depth,detail and superb light are brought out by fantastic processing makes for a special shot! ,,regards Ian

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jinstone
jinstone e2 Member 8jinstone vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 6:02 AM

Like both versions, great tones throughtout.

Didn't think Cormwall was part of the UK? Thought they had done a DOI? Smile

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TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 3:06 PM

What a lovely church interior, very nicely captured in these two images, Sarah - interesting history, too Smile Impossible to pick which is the better shot, and like both versions equally, so half a vote for each! Wink
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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 5:36 PM

Many thanks for your time and kind comments, always appreciated! Smile

Sarah x

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27 Oct 2012 - 8:17 PM

Great write up Sarah ,did you get a shot of the figurehead ? v2 is really eye catching !,with the shadow patterns from the pews
leading the viewer into the image .Great work Smile

Andy xx

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saltireblue Site Moderator 43598 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway23 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 8:08 AM

The shadows, and all the detail in those marvellous carved pews are strong points, Sarah, as is your chosen pov showing the thickness of the walls made from local stone. This is built like a fortress, man was not meant to tear this asunder.

I prefer the more concentrated and intimate V2.

Malc

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bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 12:42 PM

Ooops nearly missed this one Sarah both are beautiful shots,tones ,textures and colours all great .Super write up as well .SmileSmile
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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 1:13 PM

Andy, Malc & Rob - many thanks gentlemen Smile

Sarah x

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31 Oct 2012 - 2:41 PM

v2 as it leads the eye into the picture

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mark1309
mark1309  7 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 - 9:34 AM

Superb shots Sarah, the colours and details are fantastic, Mark.

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