Churches in and around Rock available for weddings
It’s worth repeating – We have one of the most picturesque locations in North Cornwall.
These lovely old churches are not only monuments to the faith, hard work and creativity of our ancestors, they are also of great historical and architectural interest.
St Enodoc Church, Rock
St. Enodoc stands among the sand dunes above Daymer Bay.
It is overshadowed by Brea Hill and is nowadays surrounded by the fairways of the St. Enodoc Golf Course.
Why this charming chapel is here is a mystery. That it is an ancient place of worship is without doubt, some of the architecture can be traced back to the 12th century.
Since its renovation in 1864 this chapel has found a particular place in the affections of countless people, both visitors and residents alike.
The former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman was particularly fond of it and is now buried in its grounds.
This intimate church seats up to 115.
St Michael’s Church, Porthilly
The best description of this lovely church comes from Fr. John:
“I’ll never forget the first time I drove down towards Rock, turned left down Porthilly Lane, parked in the Marshall’s field and came to St Michael’s Church.
“I knew I was close to the sea, but as I went down the path and suddenly found that breathtaking view across the estuary opening up in front of me, I stopped in wonder, as perhaps you have done.
“Perhaps it’s that very experience of wonder that then sends one into the ancient, little church ready for a spiritual experience.”
It feels a very ancient site. Just outside the main door there is an ancient celtic cross giving visitors a small idea of the history of the area.
Within walking distance of the marquee field, St Michael’s has seating for up to 100.
St Minver Church
Our Parish church is dedicated to Saint Menefreda (which is the origin of the present name St. Minver).
She is thought to have been one of the 24 children of St. Brychan. The saint herself probably came here in the 6th century, a time of Christian missionary expansion from France through Brittany and Cornwall to Wales and Ireland.
It is a fine and spacious church, very well cared for, where the character of the Sunday Parish Communion, from the first moment when you walk down the lane from the Fourways pub and hear the bells cheerily ringing, is friendly and welcoming.
The early Christian missionaries didn’t make a clear break with the old religions but attempted to assimilate and change the old beliefs. So in some districts Christian churches were built on the sites of pagan altars. It is reasonable to suppose that St. Menefreda’s church is an example. This is based upon the discovery, in the oldest part of the churchyard, of crude slate coffins believed to be evidence of pre-Christian burials, possibly of the same date as the kistvaens on Dartmoor.
We know that a church stood on the present site in late Saxon times. It is surmised that the earliest church built here would have been made of wood, but it appears that this was replaced by a more substantial structure. Careful observation of the interior dimensions of the church will show how it has been built up from the original structure.
This spacious church with large arches and very high ceiling can seat up to 300 and is only a short drive from Rock.
The Chapel, Rock
Adjacent to the marquee field in Rock this chapel provides the closest wedding venue to the reception site.
More information about the churches of St Enodoc, St Minver and St Michael can be found at the churches website www.stenodoc.org.uk
If you wish to be married in any of the local churches contact Mrs Jane Pain on 01208 863178 for details. You may also find it helpful to read material on the Church of England website and Your Church Wedding website.