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Latitude: 50.3651 / 50°21'54"N
Longitude: -5.139 / 5°8'20"W
OS Eastings: 176858
OS Northings: 56398
OS Grid: SW768563
Mapcode National: GBR Z8.F375
Mapcode Global: FRA 0832.KRS
Entry Name: St Piran's Oratory
Listing Date: 30 May 1967
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1141559
English Heritage Legacy ID: 63723
Location: Perranzabuloe, Cornwall, TR6
Civil Parish: Perranzabuloe
Traditional County: Cornwall
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: Perranzabuloe
Church of England Diocese: Truro
SW 75 NE
2/84 St Piran's Oratory
Early Christian church or oratory. Pre-Conquest, possibly C6 or C7. In the C20 the
surviving structure was surrounded by a concrete vault; this is now covered in sand
so that inspection is not possible. "-- this building from its structural
peculiarities has been considered by competant authorities to date from the 6th or
7th century, and may have been erected over the tomb of St Piran, a headless
skeleton, conjectured to be that of the saint, having been buried beneath the altar
when the oratory was cleared of sand in 1835; its external dimensions were found to
be, length 29 feet, breadth 16 1/2 feet, height of gables 19 feet; the masonry was of
the rudest kind, without any mortar; the entrance door is at the south side, with a
semi-circular arch ornamented with a cat's head carved on the key-stone and a human
head on each side at the spring of the arch ---".
Source: Extracted from description in Kelly's Directory.
Listing NGR: SW7685856398
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