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A bit about St Endellion Church

This quiet church lies in a quiet hamlet in Cornwall. And is situated four miles north of Wadebridge, which isn’t particularly large itself.

The church is dedicated to Endelienta, a 5th-century missionary and one of 24 children of King Brychan or Brecknock. It may go back further still as there are two holy wells near by, often a sign of pagan worship.

St Endelion was a favourite place of worship of the poet laureate Sir John Betjeman.

Sir John wrote “…St. Endellion! St. Endellion! The name is like a ring of bells. I travelled late one summer evening to Cornwall in a motor car. The road was growing familiar, Delabole, with its slate quarry past, then Pendoggett.

Gateways in the high fern-stuffed hedges showed sudden glimpses of the sea. Port Isaac Bay with its sweep of shadowy cliffs stretched all along to Tintagel. The wrinkled Atlantic Ocean had the evening light upon it. The stone and granite manor house of Tresungers with its tower and battlements was tucked away out of the wind on the slope of a valley and there, on the top of the hill was the old church of Saint Endellion.”

He also said in 1950 of the old church: “It looked, and still looks, just like a hare. The ears are the pinnacles of the tower and the rest of the hare, the church, crouches among wind-slashed firs”.

I now see hares ears every time I pass the church. It is well worth a painting.

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