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Men working at the excavation of St Pirans Oratory, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. 1910

Men working at the excavation of St Pirans Oratory, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. 1910


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Men working at the excavation of St Pirans Oratory, Perranzabuloe, Cornwall. 1910

A view of men working on the 1910 excavations of the Oratory with a bell tent in the background. St Pirans Oratory survives as an early Christian chapel with all four walls standing. It represents the supposed site where St Piran, an Irish saint came ashore and established a Christian centre of worship in the sixth or seventh centuries AD. The site has a documented entry in the Domesday book. There is a small nave, chancel and stone bench around much of the interior plus a cemetery. Situated on Penhale Sands, east of Perranporth, the Oratory has been subject to blown sands over the years. Excavations were carried out in 1835 and 1843 and then railings were erected around the site in the 1890s. In 1910 it was re-excavated and a concrete preserving structure constructed over it. A large number of burials were uncovered during the works. The concrete shell was largely demolished in 1980 and the chapel reburied. The site was re-excavated in 2014-2015. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

TRURI : PEZot.8

Media ID 18351196

© From the collection of the RIC

Ecclesiastical Penhale Sands Perranporth Religion Religious Site The Lost Church


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