SW8856 : Bridge over the A30 at Summercourt
taken 6 months ago, near to Summercourt, Cornwall, England
St Enoder is a parish named after the large church at its centre. Although the parish of this name encompasses several villages and hamlets with a population in total of around 4,500 - the area around the church is these days very lightly populated with just a rectory and two farms in addition to the church. Over the last centuries the population has gravitated mainly to nearby Summercourt.
So the church of St Enoder is now a very large structure for its surroundings. It is a spacious building with a nave, chancel and both north and south aisles with the stub of a north transept now mostly subsumed into the north aisle.
Its tall three-stage tower was rebuilt in 1711, some 25 years after it collapsed, possibly during a storm. It is topped by a battlemented wall with corner pinnacles.
Dating originally from the C14th much of what is now visible dates from the following century with the reconstruction mentioned above in the early C18th and some C19th additions and refurbishments.
The most remarkable feature of the interior is the open barrel roofs (aka Wagon Roof) to the nave and both side aisles - in particular the carving on the ribs, bosses and wall plates of the side aisles which date from the C15th.
The other notable interior feature is the font which predates the church by at least 200 years dating from the C12th. It features four heads or masks, only one of which (the eastern) is in good condition.
There are various memorials and ledger slabs.
Many of the gravestones in the churchyard are remarkably thin, being made from slabs of slate.
The church is EH Grade I listed: Link
St Enoder Parish information (in particular, genealogy): Link
St Enoder himself is a saint of whom nothing seems to be known other than his sex! St Enoder parish was first recorded in the Domesday Book (1086) as ‘Heglosenuder’ which is Cornish for the Church ("eglos") of Enoder, His feast day was held on the Sunday nearest to the last Thursday in April.
Running for 284 miles between London to Land's End, the A30 is the third longest A-road in Britain, yet for about half its length it's non-primary.
The A30 used to provide the most direct route from London to the south west of England. Nowadays, much of the through traffic from the London area to south west England now uses the M3 motorway as far as Basingstoke then the A303 to Honiton where the route again joins the A30. As a result, most of the A30 has been downgraded and only parts of it now retain trunk road status.
The section between Honiton and Penzance, however remains vital to the economy of Cornwall as well as Central and Western Devon; this part of the route is an important trunk route, mostly grade separated Dual Carriageway. Places on the trunk section have been bypassed and sections of road widened.
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- Grid Square
- SW8856, 26 images (more nearby 🔍)
- David Dixon (more nearby)
- Date Taken
- Wednesday, 7 June, 2023 (more nearby)
- Tuesday, 14 November, 2023
- Subject Location
OSGB36: SW 884 562 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:22.1038N 4:58.5521W
- Camera Location
- OSGB36: SW 883 561
- View Direction
- Northeast (about 45 degrees)