ST MEUBRED - Heritage

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

Stone

Stone

This is the oldest monument here. It is late 6th or early 7th century. It was found against the SE corner of the churchyard wall and erected here in 1896. There is a Latin inscription in 2 parallel lines running down the shaft reading “Rancori fili Mesgi” - Rancorus son of Mesgus. The fact the inscription is vertical and the form using “fili” suggests this was created by Irish migrants. The medieval cross head was found embedded in the church. A good example of early Christian memorial.

Cross

Cross

Cardinham cross, C9th, wheel-headed, one of the best in England and the most southerly example of Scandinavian style. Click to read the story.

St Meubred's Cross

St Meubred's Cross

This churchyard cross is a good example of an elaborately decorated four-holed, wheel-headed cross.

Early Christian Memorial Stone

Early Christian Memorial Stone

The monument includes a medieval cross, mounted on top of an early Christian memorial stone situated at the south-east entrance to the churchyard.

Memorial

Memorial

Royal coat of arms of Charles II, 1661, one of the best in Cornwall, probably by Abbots of Devon.

Brass

Brass

In memory of Thomas Awmarle, rector 1356-1401. Latin inscription “I pray you, brethren, pray for me"

High up

High up

Window

Window

Damaged by a bomb in 1942, replacement stained glass windows installed in 1948 by Christopher Webb. A bomb in the road wall outside the east end damaged the windows in the chancel. The replacement windows by Christopher Webb were installed in 1948 and are a very high quality. The east window shows Christ in glory, children from around the world and at the bottom, Cardynham church. The south window is of the parable of the sower and the north window, a 16th century couple and baby

Inside garden

Inside garden

Interior

Interior

Norman Font

Norman Font

Only the font, the Easter sepulchre left of the altar and the inscribed stones in the sedilia remain from previous buildings.

Post beside the Altar

Post beside the Altar

St Meubred

St Meubred

Bench ends

Bench ends

Bench ends

Bench ends

These bench ends from, the 15th or 16th century. show a man with three heads

Cycle church

Cycle church

Phot from the cycle church event

Letter

Letter

Letter from Charles I to loyal parishes, 1643, painted on boards after the 1660 restoration, Cornwall was closely involved with the royalist cause in the Civil wars. Cannons were placed on the hills to the south to cover the road from Liskeard.

Sedilia

Sedilia

The sedilia (recesses) are ancient stones, inscribed in Latin, from an earlier church on this site.

Altar rail

Altar rail

This altar rail is in memory of the May brothers, sons of the rector, who were both killed in WW1.

Invitation to the dedication service

Invitation to the dedication service

Bishop of Truro, historian and church wardens by the new brass replica.

Dedication service of replica brass

Dedication service of replica brass

Dedication service at St Meubred, 7 May 2022, with link to Ann Kerridge's interview on Radio Cornwall.

Replica brass

Replica brass

Facsimile of monumental brass in memory of Thomas Awmarle, rector 1356-1401. The brass itself is covered to protect it from bats. It is the earliest in Cornwall and is unusual because he bears a short sword and is wearing a cassock rather then Mass vestments. The Latin inscription: Here lies Thomas Awmarle, rector of the church of Cardynan. I ask you, brethern, pray for me, and likewise I will prayer for you.

Original 14th century brass

Original 14th century brass

An ancient and rare 14th century brass.

Brass rubbing

Brass rubbing

Bishop of Truro rolls up his sleeves to do a brass rubbing.

Brass rubbing together

Brass rubbing together

Continuing the Bishops brass rubbing.

Bishop of Truro at St Meubred's

Bishop of Truro at St Meubred's

Bishop stands next to the 9th century wheel-headed cross which is one of the best in England.

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