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Church of St Just

A Grade II* Listed Building in Gorran Haven, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.241 / 50°14'27"N

Longitude: -4.7884 / 4°47'18"W

OS Eastings: 201270

OS Northings: 41613

OS Grid: SX012416

Mapcode National: GBR ZX.HZH1

Mapcode Global: FRA 08VD.BB7

Plus Code: 9C2Q66R6+CM

Entry Name: Church of St Just

Listing Date: 10 February 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1144785

English Heritage Legacy ID: 71594

Location: St. Goran, Cornwall, PL26

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Goran

Built-Up Area: Gorran Haven

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Goran

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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ST GORAN CHURCH STREET (east side), Gorran
SX 0041 0141 Haven
5/96 Church of St Just

Chapel of ease. C15; sold by Queen Elizabeth I in 1568; partially repaired in circa
mid C18 and restored in 1885 for use as a chapel. Slatestone rubble with granite
dressings. Slate roof with crested ridge tiles and gable ends with raised coped
verges; cross finial to east.
Plan: Nave and chancel in one, with south doorway into the nave. West tower.
Exterior: The nave and chancel are on a stone rubble plinth; the south side of the
nave has a 2-light window to left and 3-light window to right, with cusped lights,
square head and hood mould. The south doorway has 4-centred arch with roll-mouldings
and recessed spandrels with carved leaves, square hood mould with shield stops; C19
plank door with strap hinges. There is an image niche above the doorway with moulded
ogee arch and cill carved with leaves. The north side has two 2-light windows with
cusped ogee lights, square head and hood mould; rebuilt in C19. The east end of the
chancel has 3-light Perpendicular window with 4-centred arch, hood mould and
relieving arch, with cusped ogee lights.
The west tower is on chamfered plinth, with canted stair tower with lancets to north;
string course and embattled parapet. The west doorway has 4-centred arch, with roll-
mouldings and recessed spandrels with carved shields, square hood mould with label
stops; C19 door. 3-light Perpendicular west window with cusped ogee lights, hollow-
moulded surround, 4-centred arch and hood mould. Cusped lancet with slate louvres
above. The south side of the tower has two lancets with pierced slate ventilators;
to east one cusped lancet. The battlements are raised over the stair tower.
Interior: Slatestone rubble walls with Pentewan stone dressings. C19 wagon roof
with moulded ribs and carved bosses. Tall 3-centred tower arch with shafts to sides
with ring-moulded capitals. 3-centred arched chamfered doorway to north to tower
stair with C19 door; this leads to a chamfered doorway at upper level. Late C19
wooden screen across an upper gallery. The windows in the nave have chamfered rere-
arches, the one on the south side in Pentewan stone. The east window has 4-centred
arched rere-arch. The chancel has 3-centred arched chamfered piscina to south; to
east one aumbry at upper level and one at floor level with the interior of the aumbry
below floor level. Carved stone image stand.
Fittings: Late C19 benches in nave and C19 stone font. The altar rail is made of
carved C15 roof timbers said to have come from the Church of St Goran (q.v.). After
the Church of St Just was sold in 1568, it was used for secular purposes; in 1651,
the fishermen were using it as a store for their tackle, but by 1745 it was described
as a ruin. It was later used as a fish cellar, with an upper floor constructed,
which was used as a meeting-room by the Independents.
Sources: Pevsner N.: Buildings of England: Cornwall 1970. Hawkridge, C.: A History
of Gorran.

Listing NGR: SX0127041613

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