St Mawgan in Pydar Church
St Mawgan in Pydar Church
The church of St Mawgan stands in the wooded countryside setting of the Vale of Lanherne, north of Newquay. The church dates mainly from the 13th century, and was endowed by the Arundell family of Lanherne manor, who lived here for 500 years from the 13th to the 18th century.
In the Churchyard
Immediately inside the lych gate, tucked away to the left, is a holy well dedicated St Mawgan. Within the churchyard is an early 15th century lantern cross, and in the north west corner of the churchyard is an old holy thorn tree associated with legends of Joseph of Arimathea. Also in the churchyard is a replica of the stern of a rowing boat. It stands as a memorial to 10 men who froze to death while at sea in 1846.

The 14th century tower is rather oddly situated at the south transept, rather than the more traditional situation at the west end of the nave. The tower belfry houses a ring of 8 bells, the oldest being cast sometime between 1378 and 1407.

Interior Features
The interior has several items of historic interest, including a series of 42 mid-16th century carved bench ends (this is Cornwall, after all!), a 15th century rood screen, and a 15th century font in Norman style, made of Pentewan stone and featuring carved faces with zigzag patterns and heraldic shields. The pulpit dates to 1553, and there are also a series of 16th century memorial brasses to members of the Arundell family of Lanherne.

Among these is a brass to George Arundell (d. 1578) and his wife, and to Cysell Arundell (d. 1578), shown in typical Elizabethan dress. There is also a much earlier 15th century brass to a priest, and a slate monument to Henry Stephen (d. 161) and his wife (d. 1650).

NB. Don't confuse St Mawgans in Pydar with St Mawgans in Meneage, near the Lizard peninsula.