St Paul’s Church, Chacewater
Regular Sunday Services at 9.45 a.m. (followed by refreshments.) Other services and events are advertised on the notice board in the Chacewater Car Park and the “What’s On”.
All enquiries relating to weddings, baptisms and funerals should be directed to
The Priest in Charge
Rev. Fr. Simon Bone
Tel: 01209 822862
Maureen Hartley – 01872 560153
Terry Lister – 01872 560421
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A Brief History
Bishop William Carey of Exeter consecrated the original Church on 2nd August 1828. This Church included three galleries and had a seating capacity of 1,500. It cost upwards of £5,000 to build.
In 1866 the local paper reported that “During the thunderstorms on Saturday last (February 3rd), Chacewater Church, which had been repaired, was struck by lighting which split the wall from the ground to the roof. Several windows were smashed into hundreds of pieces, being hurled from the west end up to the pulpit, a distance of 90 feet”.
Of the original Church, only the lofty tower with battlements, claimed to be the second highest in Cornwall, now remains. The Church was rebuilt and completed in 1892 from the design of Edward Sedding of Plymouth. There was no gallery, and the seating was reduced to 500. One has to remember that Chacewater was a tough mining area with a much larger population than it is now. The cost of the new building was £2,500. The nave is 45 feet high, it has a barrel roof and is separated from the aisles by arcades of granite arches and Polyphant piers.
Archdeacon Cornish congratulated the Rev. R.F. Fraser-Frizell on the successful way Chacewater Church had been restored. It was a glory to the county. It was re-dedicated by the Bishop of Truro on December 20th 1892. The pulpit of serpentine marble is in memory of George Wilkinson, once Bishop of Truro.
The oak statue of St Paul, originally a lectern, was executed by Mr Harry Hems of Exeter. The east end stained glass window was installed by Pearson, having come from the old Parish Church of St Mary, which was being transformed into the new Cathedral. Its bright colours make a nice touch in the grey Church.
The theme of the window is a missionary one. If you look carefully at the symbols you will see the figure of our Lord, St Philip, St John, St James the less and St Simon the Zealot.
In other windows in one side of the Church you will find our Lady with Child, Martha, a soldier of Word War One, St Francis of Assisi and Dorcas.