St. Winwaloe Church

 

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The village church of St. Winwaloe is on my doorstep and today I went to visit in the freezing cold easterly winds, it is said to be one of the oldest in Cornwall and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Curiously situated at the foot of the sand dunes, with only the rocks of Castle Mound separating it from the sea, the church’s detached bell tower is actually embedded in the side of the cliff. It was originally known as ‘the Church of the Storms’. Its precarious position has meant that it has frequently, over the centuries, had to be reinforced by depositing large quantities of granite into the gap between the church and Dollar Cove to break the force of the waves. The bell tower is iconic and lends to the mood of the area.

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