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All Saints Church, Harrowbarrow

In 1870 with the assistance of an energetic Curate the Rector commenced a course of Services in the open air. Then a parishioner presented a site near the Prince of Wales' Mine and a church was designed by Piers St Aubyn and built as a School and Mission Chapel for 700 pounds. It was dedicated to "All Saints" and a Bishop's licence for worship was issued on 11th October 1871.
The Church House adjoining was built for a curate or schoolmaster and sold in 1970.
Miss Olympia Bennetts was the principal benefactor and the Additional Curates' Society gave a grant for a curate at Harrowbarrow, which enabled the Rector to have three Curates.
On 24th March1900, the Rector signed a Trust Deed for 'part of a field known as Costly Park'.

Within two weeks of opening the National Society School had 101 pupils. "On Friday afternoon it was prepared for services on Sunday. On Monday morning it again became a school". The school was held in the church from 1871 until, no longer under church control, it moved into its own Board School premises on 25th March 1879 but the Nave was not dedicated by the Bishop of Truro until 28th November 1954.

The church seats about 80 persons and consists of a single aisle interior with a nave and an apsidal chancel, a lean-to north porch and gabled vestry. The walls are of random freestone granite with brick window and door arches and granite lintels.
The slate roof has lead gulleys, and cast iron gutters with attractive hopper heads.
At the western gable is a bell-cote topped with finial and containing the school bell, which is still tolled for services.

David J Grieve, 1st April 2015.


Please contact me for comments and / or corrections at: davejgrieve@aol.com

Reference: 'A Guide to the Ancient Parish of Calstock, Cornwall', 2005, by The Reverend Raymond Wood