SX4358 : St Nicholas & St Faith, Saltash - tower

taken 6 years ago, near to Saltash, Cornwall, Great Britain

St Nicholas & St Faith, Saltash - tower
St Nicholas & St Faith, Saltash - tower
The parish church of St Nicholas & St Faith in Saltash has Norman origins which are most evident in the loft of the tower seen in this photo - I think that this is the middle section just below the obvious change in stonework - the single window seen here displaying a typically Romanesque (Norman) semicircular top. Most of the church was remodelled in the C14th & C15th. See also SX4358 : St Nicholas & St Faith - northern façade
St Nicholas & St Faith, Saltash
St Nicholas & St Faith dates originally from the C12th, making it of Norman origins. It is constructed from Tartendown stone which was quarried near Landrake a few miles away. The Norman parts of the church that remain are the loft of the North Tower, and parts of the nave, chancel and transept. A north chancel chapel was added in the C14th and the "Wagon" style roof was added in the C15th. In the following century the original south chapel of St John was removed so that a Borough school could be built. The tower was raised slightly in height and a short spire was added. By the C19th the church was in a sorry state and so it underwent a typically thorough Victorian restoration, the little spire was removed at this time. Further restoration work was carried out in 1931 at which time many of the Norman features came to light. In WWII a munitions boat exploded on the river, the huge explosion damaged many building in Saltash including the East Window of the church which faces the river.
The church's unusual double appellation is a result of it being dedicated to St Nicholas as the patron saint of sailors (obviously important to a seafaring town), and to St Faith a favourite saint of the Blackfriars (Dominican monks) who first founded the church.
It is Grade I listed, see LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link
For information about the ministry of the parish see LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 13 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 2 May, 2012
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City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4310 5880 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:24.4841N 4:12.5656W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4312 5881
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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