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Latitude: 50.9089 / 50°54'32"N
Longitude: -4.5539 / 4°33'14"W
OS Eastings: 220544
OS Northings: 115267
OS Grid: SS205152
Mapcode National: GBR K2.R05Q
Mapcode Global: FRA 16BP.ZMS
Entry Name: Ships Figurehead About 8 Metres West of the Lych Gate of the Church of St Morwenna
Listing Date: 9 September 1985
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1141779
English Heritage Legacy ID: 64912
Location: Morwenstow, Cornwall, EX23
Civil Parish: Morwenstow
Traditional County: Cornwall
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: Morwenstow
Church of England Diocese: Truro
SS 21 NW MORWENSTOW MORWENSTOW
1/109 Ships figurehead about 8 metres
- west of the lych gate of the
Church of St Morwenna
Ships figurehead. Early C19. Carved wood painted single colour. Figure of
Caledonia, holding drawn sword and shield, fixed on original timber. Ship's
figurehead set up to commemorate the captain and crew of the 'Caledonia' of
Arbroath, wrecked at Morwenstow in 1842 with one survivor. The figure was repaired
in 1968 after it had been damaged during theft. It is illustrated in the Hawker
memorial window (q.v.) in the church. The Reverend R S Hawker's practice of
burying drowned sailors in the churchyard was a notable break with local tradition.
At one time 3 ships keels and a cross formed from oars were placed in the
churchyard to commemorate dead sailors. Hawker published a dramatic description of
the aftermath of the wreck of the 'Caledonia' with a poem : "We smoothed the green
turf on their breast,/'Mid baffled ocean's angry roan/And there - the relique of
the storm-/We fixed fair Scotland's figured form"/, Footprints of Former Men in Far
Cornwall (1870). R S Hawker, poet and antiquary, was vicar of Morwenstow from
Listing NGR: SS2054615266
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