Part of walking St Michaels Way is the very atmospheric churchyard of St Uny, especially when the sea mist rolls in on que! The church itself is very beautiful and worth a visit but to wander around the ancient stones of the churchyard you can be transported back to the past very easily, especially when you have an imagination like mine!
St Uny’s church dates back to the 12th century, originally called St Euny’s church, the present building whose features are mainly Norman is thought to be from the 15th century. It is thought that the church was rebuilt at a time when wind blown sand silted up the Hayle estuary and encroached on Lelant, the vicarage itself was buried in sand. A number of ancient Cornish crosses can be found in the graveyard.
In the 14th century, Lelant lost an estimated 40% of it’s population with the Black Plague, many were buried in the church grounds.
Many 5th and 6th centuries Celtic missionaries arrived in numbers from Wales and Ireland, settled on the shores of Cornwall, and began converting small local groups of people to Christianity. Lelant church is dedicated to the Irish Saint St Euny or St Uny.