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The Church of St Morwenna and St John the Baptist

By Sezz    
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

Tags: Cornwall Church Architecture Kernow Morwenstow The Church of St Morwenna and St John the Baptist

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1927 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 3:10PM
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.

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Sezz 13 617 15 England
26 Oct 2012 3:15PM
Thank you Moira and for the information, appreciated!

Sarah x
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
26 Oct 2012 3:16PM
Two excellent church interior shots, Sarah, the detail captured even in what must be more shadowed areas quite excellent.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1927 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 3:18PM
There's an article here , not sure if it casts any light on these particular graves though.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
26 Oct 2012 3:25PM
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
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 3:27PM
I love how the cross-lighting picks out the detail in the carved pew-ends. Nicely -balanced composition.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
26 Oct 2012 4:05PM
Excellent indoors photo of a truly remarkable church Smile
26 Oct 2012 5:23PM
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
Franko59 6 3 2 England
26 Oct 2012 9:38PM
I like both versions the depth,detail and superb light are brought out by fantastic processing makes for a special shot! ,,regards Ian
jinstone Plus
12 3 1 England
27 Oct 2012 6:02AM
Like both versions, great tones throughtout.

Didn't think Cormwall was part of the UK? Thought they had done a DOI? Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
27 Oct 2012 3:06PM
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
Trev Smile
Sezz 13 617 15 England
27 Oct 2012 5:36PM
Many thanks for your time and kind comments, always appreciated! Smile

Sarah x
oll1e Plus
11 57 2 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 8:17PM
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
saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
28 Oct 2012 8:08AM
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.

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2012 12:42PM
Ooops nearly missed this one Sarah both are beautiful shots,tones ,textures and colours all great .Super write up as well .SmileSmile
Sezz 13 617 15 England
28 Oct 2012 1:13PM
Andy, Malc & Rob - many thanks gentlemen Smile

Sarah x
KevSB 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2012 2:41PM
v2 as it leads the eye into the picture
mark1309 11 13 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2012 9:34AM
Superb shots Sarah, the colours and details are fantastic, Mark.

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