Benchmark - St. Gregory - Treneglos, Cornwall
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 50° 39.900 W 004° 32.250
30U E 391341 N 5613700
Quick Description: Cut benchmark on south west corner of church tower.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/8/2015 3:07:14 PM
Waymark Code: WMNFY7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Long Description:
Cut benchmark on south west corner of church tower. A little difficult to see under the white lichen.

The first recorded building was erected here in the 12th Century by Robert FitzWilliam, Lord of Downeckney (the present day Downinney) who gave it to Tywardreath Priory, in whose hands it remained until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, around 1536. Of the Norman building very little remains - most of what is seen today is 15th Century in origin, but almost totally rebuilt in 1858 by which time large parts of it became unsafe. The tower was rebuilt in 1871.

In the South porch, above the door is a fine Norman tympanum, that is the arch above the lintel, which shows two lions facing each other with the tree of life between them. Like that of its neighbours the old polyphant stone font is also Norman, whilst most of the remainder of the church’s interior, especially the windows, is typical fifteenth century Cornish and has altered little over the past six-hundred years.

The present building is almost entirely fifteenth-century, structurally. The dangerous tower was taken down and rebuilt in 1871/2, and there was the common Victorian “restoration” which fortunately failed in its bid to destroy the church’s character.

Except for the porch roof, all the woodwork is Victorian; especially out of place is the three-stage pulpit, incorporating the stairway to the now-vanished Rood Screen. The East window of the chancel is Victorian; it used to be surrounded by murals of angels, ordered from the catalogue but these have long-since been painted over. The Communion rails are difficult to date, probably pre-Victorian."

SOURCE - (visit link)
Type of Trigpoint: Cut Bench Mark

Condition: Slightly Damaged

Number on Flush Bracket: N/A

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