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St Piran's Oratory

A Grade II Listed Building in Perranzabuloe, Cornwall

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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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1141559

English Heritage Legacy ID: 63723

Location: Perranzabuloe, Cornwall, TR6

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Perranzabuloe

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Perranzabuloe

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Listing Text

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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