The Churches of Britain and Ireland
St. Fimbarrus (St. Nicholas in Pevsner) has had a chequered history. Dedicated to St. Fimbarr, a sixth century saint, the original church was replaced by the Normans. Relatively little remains; the town was attacked by the French in the 1457 and the church destroyed. It was rebuilt in 1460. SX 125 517. © Robin Pizzy. Another view. © Bill Henderson (2009). Two interior views - 1, 2, a slab commemorating a knight, and a tomb, the font, pulpit, and a side-aisle window, all © Steve Bulman (2010). Another view of the font, © Paul E. Barnett (2017). Link. According to this history, the original dedication was to St. Barry. Grade I listed.
This former chapel sits at the bottom of Lostwithiel Street. Can you give it a name? Now flats. SX 125 516. © Andrew Ross. Howard Richter has advised me of this link which says that it was a Congregational Chapel. Assuming this is correct, then it will have been Mount Zion Independent Chapel, founded 1797, although the building is evidently later than this. My attention has been drawn to possibly contradictory evidence by Colin Brown, who has advised of this link, which says that it was Methodist. So was it both at different times, or was it sold from one to the other?
This one may not even be a former church, but one is marked on OS maps, and it is named St. Monica's. But as Andrew says, it doesn't look quite right for an old chapel. Can you supply any history? On Passage Street and Station Road. SX 127 520. © Andrew Ross. Rob Brettle had suggested that it may formerly have been the Salvation Army Hall. Whether it had been S.A. at one time, as St Monica it was Roman Catholic, as Howard Richter found in a 1932-3 travel guide to the area.
14 October 2017
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