SX4358 : Former Borough School, Saltash

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

Former Borough School, Saltash
Former Borough School, Saltash
This unusual little building attached to St Nicholas & St Faith parish church (see SX4358 : St Nicholas & St Faith - northern façade) is the former Borough School dating originally from the C16th - the half-timbered panel to the left of the first floor door, and the canopy of that door perhaps being indicative of its age, though I think most of the present building is far more recent and probably dates from the Victorian restoration of the church.
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
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4311 5879 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:24.4789N 4:12.5569W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4309 5879
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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