ST HYDROC - Heritage

Here are a selection of treasures that you will find in and around our church.

Cross

Cross

The freestanding cross outside the church is a traditional 'four-holed' Cornish Cross without its 'ring'. Probably carved in the 13th Century it is 8'4" high and has figure of eight plaitwork on the front and scrollwork on the back

Holy Well

Holy Well

This Holy Well has borne Hydroc’s name since the 1300s. It has a medieval back wall and cut granite stonework.

Reredos

Reredos

The Reredos dates from 1886 and depicts the Last Supper. It is made from alabaster and serpentine.

Wall Memorial

Wall Memorial

The Royal Arms are one of the few surviving. It declares Richard Robartes’ loyalty to King James I who created him a baronet in 1621. Royal Arms are common in churches but very few to James 1st have survived.

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of George Carminow of Polmaugan (d. 1599). The arms bear a family motto in Cornish rather than the more common Latin. The motto was adopted in 1390 and is the oldest Cornish family motto in existence. The Carminow's chose the motto in protest against a famous court case over who had the right to bear the device of a blue shield with a gold band across it. The Carminow's claimed the right to the arms, as did the Scropes and Grosvenors.

Tradition

Tradition

High up

High up

Owl

Owl

The overseeing owl

Tommy memorial

Tommy memorial

A memorial to Tommy Agar-Robartes who died at the battle of Loos in 1915

Lady Essex

Lady Essex

The only surviving memorial of the 17th century is to Lady Essex Speccot, the youngest daughter of John Robartes the 1st Earl of Radnor. She nursed her husband through the smallpox only to die from the same disease in the first month of her marriage.