morwenstow parish church
Morwenstow Parish Church interior

Morwenstow Parish Church

Morwentow Parish Church, known as Church of St Morwenna and St John the Baptist, dates back to the Norman period although it is believed an earlier Saxon church once stood in its place. Additions were made in the 13th, 15th, 16th and 19th centuries, making it an interesting site for history enthusiasts.

The site is best known for its links to poet and cleric Rev. R. S. Hawker who was the vicar between 1834 and 1875. From the church, visitors can take a short stroll out to the cliffs and south along the Coast Path to Hawker’s Hut, where Rev. Hawker wrote sermons and poetry.

The church boasts an organ built in 1892 and restored in 1969 and eight bells, some from 1753 and others from 1902. Visitors can access the church from the lych gate near the free carpark.

Get lost in history while visiting this charming church…

Image Credits: TigerCC BY-SA 2.0

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