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Inside St. Peter`s
Inside St. Peter`s ©D.J.S.
Period 19th Century
Dedication St. Peter
Status Not listed
St. Peter
One of the twelve apostles called by Jesus, and one of the main leaders of the early Church. Legend tells us that he was given the keys to Heaven, so in stained glass windows he can usually be seen carrying a bunch of keys.

T
he church has a wonderful setting and there is a splendid view from the churchyard. The building itself is of red brick and granite in the early English style. Inside the compact church is very attractive. There are stained glass windows in the east and west, the latter depicting St Peter with the crossed keys and St. Keverne holding his staff. The modern children centred wall hanging adds colour to the building.

The church is unusual due to its pulpit, font and lectern being made of serpentine. They came from the one time serpentine factory at Poltesco (near Cadgwith), which supplied many of the shop window fronts in Regent's Street, London. The three objects are exceptionally fine and demonstrate the great skills of the serpentine workers at the end of the nineteenth century.

The organ was moved from the front to the back in 1967. It was restored in memory of George Stafford Hart, organist for many years. The reredos and stained glass window on the south wall were given by the Barker family who have been associated with the church for many years.


St. Peter & St. Keverne
St. Peter & St. Keverne ©T.W.
The Serpentine Pulpit
The Serpentine Pulpit
The Serpentine Font & Lecturn
The Serpentine Font & Lecturn
A
n extract from the Kerrier Deanery Magazine for January 1912 is as follows:-

A well attended meeting of the Building Committee of St Peter's Hall was held in the new room on Dec 14. The Vicar, who presided, congratulated the workers upon the result of their labours. They exceeded far beyond their expectations. Not only had they the large room in which they were gathered, but also the ante room provided with a good slab. (Cornish Range, probably made in Toy's Foundry, Helston) They had a platform consisting of strongly built tables, which could be used for teas, and the room was fully equipped with chairs and forms. Different friends, too, had given various articles for the adornment of the building. ....The total cost was 355, of which 25 was still outstanding, and the paths to the Hall required laying. (This was carried out by volunteers using their horses and drays to haul material from the local beach.)


Coverack folk of that period did well to raise the money and to build a hall as an adjunct to the Church itself. The present generation continue to maintain the Church and its surroundings in fine condition.
View from St. Peter`s Churchyard
View from St. Peter`s Churchyard ©D.J.S.
Wall Hanging with Cross
Wall Hanging with Cross ©D.J.S.
Wall Hanging with Hands
Wall Hanging with Hands