With its foundations dating back to the Norman period, Sheviock Parish Church is a gateway into its own rich heritage. This medieval building has survived the War of the Roses, the Spanish Armada, the English Civil War and two World Wars in the twentieth century, through which this church has been the guardian of the prayers, hopes and dreams of the local community.
The most complete example of a decorated period church in Cornwall, St Mary’s was dedicated by Bishop Bronescombe in 1259 but only the lower West Tower and the font survive from his time. The spire of 13th century date is one of only a dozen left in Cornwall. The church was substantially rebuilt in the 1300s including the south side of the nave, the transept arch and the inner arches to all the south windows. The slender shafts supporting the East window of the chancel and the East window tracery are early 14th Century.
In the late 1400s the church was enlarged by a new aisle on the north side. This removed the north transept and the window was re-erected at the western end of the new aisle. The wagon roof of the north aisle is original. A fragment of the original medieval glass – believed to be English of the late 1400s – survives high up at the east end of the aisle. The church has the most complete range of early 14th century window types in Cornwall.
Considerable work was carried out in the early Victorian era and the church was reopened on 29th June 1850. The beautiful stained glass in the east window was made by the firm of William Wailes and is believed to have been designed by Francis Wilson Oliphant RA.
More recently, the church has undergone further refurbishment to its roof and rainwater system, to protect this landmark building and ensure its survival for at least another century. Builders RJ Wevill were appointed to undertake the works, and they selected a cast iron rainwater system from Metal & Glass, including rainwater eared pipes, deep half round guttering, half round nozzels, brackets and stop ends, and hopper heads to match the original designs.
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R J WEVILL BUILDER