ST HYDROC - Heritage
Here are a selection of treasures that you will find in and around our church.
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
This Holy Well has borne Hydroc’s name since the 1300s. It has a medieval back wall and cut granite stonework.
The Reredos dates from 1886 and depicts the Last Supper. It is made from alabaster and serpentine.
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
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.
The overseeing owl
A memorial to Tommy Agar-Robartes who died at the battle of Loos in 1915
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.